Sidewalk Cost Sharing Program

Office

  • Physical Address
  • Municipal Plaza Building
    114 W. Commerce, 6th Floor
    San Antonio, TX 78205   
  • Mailing Address
  • P.O. Box 839966
    San Antonio, TX 78283-3966
  • Phone
  • 210.207.8022

Staff

  • Mike Frisbie, P.E.
    Director and City Engineer
  • Anthony Chukwudolue, P.E.
    Assistant Director
  • Razi Hosseini, P.E.
    Assistant Director
  • Christie Chapman
    Assistant Director
  • Arthur Reinhardt, P.E., C.F.M.
    Assistant Director
  • Nefi Garza, P.E.
    Assistant Director

Sidewalk

The City of San Antonio Sidewalk Cost Sharing Program is a voluntary program where owner-occupants and the City of San Antonio share in the cost of replacing sidewalks. For FY 2018 (October 1, 2017 – Sept 30, 2018), the City has $250,000 available that can be used towards repairing sidewalks and curbs along residential properties.

At this time, all funds for the Sidewalk Cost-Sharing Program have been allocated. Applications are not being accepted at this time. Please check back with us for future program updates.

Cost:

The cost share that residents are required to provide will range from 30-50% of the cost to replace the sidewalk. The share that residents need to provide will depend on their residential location. If the property is located in a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) area, as designated by the Federal Government, residents may qualify for the City paying 70% of the total cost of repair. An example of the required match amounts are shown below:

Table 1: Financial Commitment for Sidewalk Repair detached from curb 50’ Length, 4’ Width = $60 per linear foot

Land Use Type Citizen Share City Share Citizen Share City Share Total Cost
Residential (Non-CDBG) 50% 50% $1,500 $1,500 $3,000
Residential (CDBG) 30% 70% $900 $2,100 $3,000

Table 2: Financial Commitment for Sidewalk Repair attached to curb 50’ Length, 4’ Width = $68 per linear foot

Land Use Type Citizen Share City Share Citizen Share City Share Total Cost
Residential (Non-CDBG) 50% 50% $1,700 $1,700 $3,400
Residential (CDBG) 30% 70% $1,020 $2,380 $3,400

GETTING STARTED:

Measure the existing linear feet of sidewalk along your property line, then call 311 (210-207-6000) to determine the cost sharing rate. 311 will submit all service requests to Transportation & Capital Improvements for investigation and a formal cost estimate. 

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Requests for participation in this program will only be accepted through the City’s 311 call system. Once a request is received, Transportation & Capital Improvements (TCI) engineering staff will develop a detailed cost estimate. This estimate will be mailed to the citizen who then has 15 days to accept or reject the estimate. If accepted, the property owner shall make payment to the City in the full amount of their share (30-50%) prior to commencement of construction/repair.

Process
Payment can be mailed to the following address:
City of San Antonio
Financial Services Division
Revenue Collections
P.O. Box 839975.
San Antonio, Texas 78283

Payment can be made in person at the following location:
Cliff Morton Development and Business Services Center
1901 South Alamo Street
San Antonio, TX 78204
Once payment is submitted, you may contact Transportation & Capital Department, Fiscal Division at 210.207.4092.
If the investigation determines that the roadway is scheduled for future construction within the next five years as part of the Infrastructure Management Program (IMP) or the City’s Bond Program, City staff will work with the property owner to determine if sidewalk repairs would be beneficial at that time.
Applications will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. The number of participants is based on availability of funds. The program typically reaches capacity quickly, so you are encouraged to apply early. Requests for participation in this program can be made by calling 311. The property owner’s contact information, property address and length of the sidewalk are required at the time of request.
A request for participation in the sidewalk cost sharing program can be made by any individual and/or neighborhood association. The request must be for a specific street segment and the following information is required at the time of request:
  1. Contact information
  2. Requested street name
  3. Address of requestor
  4. Estimated length (measurements) of sidewalk being repaired
  5. The limits of the street segment (i.e. from the 8500 to 8600 block)
All citizens who reside in the City of San Antonio are eligible to participate in this program. The following criteria will be utilized to select projects for completion under the Sidewalk Cost Sharing Program:
  1. Matching Funds from Citizen and/or Neighborhood Association
  2. Completed Application (Completed via 311 Call)
  3. Subject sidewalk should be determined as a tripping hazard by TCI staff
  4. Application must be received by close of each round
The scope of a Shared Cost Sidewalk Program project is limited to sidewalk within the public right-of way and may include replacing the main sidewalk in front of the property. Owners of corner properties will be charged for sidewalk on both the main (address) side and non-address side of the property. ADA ramps will be installed by the contractor, but not at the expense of the property owner.

Replacement is based on engineering considerations. In order to minimize the cost to property owners and increase the number of Shared Cost Sidewalk Program Participants, only the portion of sidewalk in need of replacement as determined by TCI is eligible for the Shared Cost Sidewalk Program pricing. The property owner does have the option to replace the entire sidewalk in front of the property. However, the entire cost to remove and replace the portion of sidewalk determined by TCI to be in good condition will be charged to the property owner. To clarify, the City will not pay for removal and replacement of sidewalk in good condition.

Sidewalks attached to retaining walls will not be available for this program due to costs associated with removal and reinstallation.
Yes.
Brick pavers, planters or any other obstructions in the parkway may be removed during construction if they exist within the right of way. Reinstallation of removed elements will be the property owner’s responsibility. Fencing that needs to be removed for the project will be reinstalled by contractor.
If necessary, the existing sidewalk will be removed and replaced further away from the tree to help avoid future damage. If it is determined that the sidewalk cannot be either replaced in the current location or relocated, other measures will be taken to provide a sidewalk (potential tree removal, root cutting, or metal plate installation).
The City is NOT responsible for sprinkler systems in the parkway or adjacent to the sidewalk. Property owners are advised to cut and cap the lines and remove any sprinkler heads that may be damaged during the Shared Cost Sidewalk Program construction. Property owners should notify the City of an existing sprinkler system in order to minimize any potential damage.
Yes. Sidewalk construction has a warranty of one year from the date of construction, covering significant deterioration of the sidewalk. (Note: Some small cracks, especially in sidewalk joints, are common. Since they are not caused by construction, they are not covered by the warranty).
An abutting property owner may request a refund of monies they have paid anytime prior to the City beginning work in connection with the reconstruction/repair. Refunds will not be made after the City begins work. Questions regarding refunds should be directed to Transportation & Capital Improvements Fiscal Department at 207-4092.
Some inconvenience may be expected such as inaccessibility to the driveway or on street parking.