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Berkley City-wide Sidewalk Replacement Program

The City of Berkley is continuing its multi-year, City-wide Sidewalk Replacement Program and Phase 4 will include the Southeast section of the City.  This program will be taking a new approach where it will run in five-year cycles rather than carrying out replacements every 15 years. The shorter cycle between replacements is to ensure sidewalks no longer reach a point where they are unsafe for use.

Phase 4 sidewalk replacements will begin in the Summer/Fall of 2023. A qualified contractor was selected during the Pilot Program after receiving five competitive bids on April 7, 2020. The contract of Luigi Ferdinandi & Son Cement Co., Inc. of Roseville, Michigan has been extended to complete the Phase 4 sidewalk repairs.  

Property owners will be responsible for the cost of the replacement sidewalk slabs abutting their property regardless if they complete the repairs on their own or as part of this Replacement Program.

Scope of the 2023 Program is as follows:
  • Replacement of sidewalk slabs (whether they are the result of tree root disturbance or not) within the Southeast section of the City. This section is bordered by Woodward Avenue, Eleven Mile Road, Coolidge Highway, and Catalpa Road.
  • Replacement of concrete slabs determined to be “immediate” (2 inches or more in vertical displacement/faulting)

Project Start: Summer/Fall of 2023
Project Completion:
November 2023

Sidewalk Replacement Program Frequently Asked Questions
The following series of questions and answers are intended to provide additional detailed information on the Sidewalk Program. While it is hoped that these address the most common questions asked, all residents are encouraged to contact the City’s Public Works Department or HRC for additional information.

For any questions or additional inquiries, please email

What is the scope of the Phase 4 Program?

Why has my sidewalk been chosen for replacement?

How will I be billed/When is payment due?

Does the city offer financing options for payment of sidewalk bills?

What if I sell the house before the next tax payments, am I responsible for the sidewalk repair balance or the next homeowner?

Where can I park if I can't get into my driveway?

When will I gain access back to my driveway?

What is the estimated schedule of the proposed Program?

What is the procedure (ordinance) for replacement of sidewalk?

What does the Program constitute of?

May I have private work done by the City contractor?

Will the contractor restore my lawn after the work is completed?

Will I need to get a permit if I do the work myself?

Who is responsible for replacement of sidewalk impacted by trees?

Will the driveway approach be replaced?

My sidewalk was damage because of the tree roots, can I have the tree removed so it doesn't happen again?

Will the contractor cutting back the tree roots damage the tree? And if so, will I have to pay for removal?

Who will be responsible for any damage to sewer manhole and water curb boxes?

Will pavers or other structures in the parkway be reset when work is completed?

Will the contractor restore my lawn after the work is completed?

Will the driveway approach be replaced?

What is the City's budget for the Phase 4 Sidewalk Replacement Program?

What do I do to avoid damage to my sprinkler?

What will happen if the new sidewalks become damaged?

I have upcoming utility work scheduled that may affect my sidewalk, and I don't want to have to pay for it twice, can you delay until XX/XX date?

Is there any warranty for the work?


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