SYCAMORE — Damaged sidewalks on five streets have been replaced in a citywide effort to fix the foot paths for Sycamore residents.
Since early July, RT Ericson Builders has been at work cutting and replacing sidewalks that are uneven, sunken or cracked; it presently is replacing sidewalks along Somonauk Street. City officials signed a $58,404 contract with the company in June to repair the sidewalks near schools and areas that are heavily traveled.
Sycamore City Manager Brian Gregory said he expects all the identified sidewalks to be fixed by the end of August. But another company that fixes heaved, or uneven, sidewalks will continue the project using a saw-cutting technique. Every year the Sycamore City Council budgets for sidewalk repairs, he said.
“I think the council has identified sidewalks as one of our priorities, and we’ll continue to look for something to do each year,” Gregory said.
Besides saw-cutting, another technique that will be used to fix the sidewalks is mudjacking, he said. With that technique, a hole is drilled into the sidewalk and cement pumped underneath to level it.
Third Ward Alderman Steve Braser said many residents have contacted him to let him know they are pleased with the progression of the sidewalk replacements, including one resident who passes through Alma Street.
“I’ve got an awful lot of compliments from the people for getting it done,” Braser said.
Several years ago, Braser and city staff walked around the city to inspect the condition of sidewalks. He said they found many of them uneven, which can be a tripping hazard.
“If you’re walking along and not paying attention, then you might not have noticed it was heaved,” Gregory said.
He said several residents have taken it upon themselves to work with RT Ericson Builders to have other sidewalk squares and pathways fixed. The homeowners will settle on a price with the contractor for fixes, he said.
The price can vary with the contractor, but city officials will reimburse homeowners $4 a square foot for replacing the sidewalk. People can call the Building and Engineering Department at 815-895-4434 to use the program, but it is reserved for sidewalks in need of repair.
Streets where portions of sidewalks have been replaced
Streets where portions of sidewalks still need to be replaced this summer
South Main Street
South Locust Street