The City of Valparaiso Pathways Program encourages pedestrian and pedal travel throughout the city as an automobile alternative. Furthermore, the Fit City initiative stresses walking as one of the easiest ways to achieve a healthier lifestyle. The Department of Public Works reinforces this commitment to both the environment and its residents with an aggressive sidewalk repair program, addressing aging sidewalks throughout the city.
Sidewalk Repair and Replacement:
Valparaiso Public Works conducts inspections, inventory and maintenance on all City sidewalks. Repairs and replacement each construction season are prioritized per the City's sidewalk replacement plan. The plan focuses on the oldest neighborhoods of the city, downtown, near schools and businesses and in coordination with planned infrastructure improvement projects. Click HERE to request on inspection. If the sidewalk is not scheduled for repairs, the homeowner may replace the sidewalk per our guidelines listed below. Due to the large scope of needed repairs, construction each season is limited by available time and funding.
Sidewalk Repair and Replacement by Homeowner:
Property owners who wish to make sidewalk repairs themselves may do so by entering into a cooperative agreement with Valparaiso Public Works.
Under this agreement, the following guidelines will apply:
- The property owner must apply Right of Way Cut Permit with the Engineering Department.
- Public Works will remove and dispose of the old sidewalk. Please note, sidewalk removal must be scheduled at least one week in advance to allow time for utility locates to be marked and our crew to be scheduled.
- The work on the sidewalk must start promptly after removal and all work must be performed to City specifications.
- The labor and materials required for the new sidewalk will be the responsibility of the homeowner. City residents qualify for a discounted rate for the concrete needed for sidewalk replacement from the City’s supplier.