A sidewalk was damaged following a storm that uprooted a tree and smashed a parked car in Lakeview. Credit: Mauricio Peña/Block Club Chicago

CHICAGO — Residents have a chance to get their sidewalks repaired for less money when the city’s Shared Cost Sidewalk Program opens to applications Jan. 11.

The program, which allows residents to apply to have the city share the cost of sidewalk repairs, is expected to fill up quickly — possibly as fast as one day — so participants are encouraged to file their applications as soon as possible. Residents are picked on a first-come, first-served basis.

Applications open 6 a.m. Jan. 11.

Residents typically pay $600-$1,500 for the repairs, which is “well below” what a private contractor would usually charge, according to the city. Senior citizens and people with disabilities can receive a 50 percent discount.

Those interested can apply by calling 311 or submitting an application online or through the 311 app.

Residents who call to apply should specifically mention they want to participate in the Shared Cost Sidewalk Program and note if they are a senior citizen or have disabilities. They’ll need the property owner’s full name, a phone number, email address and the address of the property in need of sidewalk repair.

The Department of Transportation will survey the nominated sidewalks to see if they do need repairs, and the city will inform people via mail whether they have been included in the program.

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