From the Times Newsweekly:
In announcing the Expedited Sidewalk Repair Program last Tuesday, Oct. 27, DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan indicated that expediting sidewalk repairs around Queens would help eliminate safety hazards while improving the quality of life for residents. The new sidewalks, it was noted, would also decrease the liability faced by homeowners in the event someone sues them after being injured by a damaged sidewalk in front of their residence.
Under the expedited repair program, property owners may request a DOT contractor to make the improvements at a cost of between $11 and $13 per square foot, which is higher than the current rate charged by the DOT (between $8 and $9 per square foot).
Based on the average 200 square feet of sidewalk adjacent to a typical one-family home in Queens, homeowners could be charged anywhere between $2,200 and $2,600 if it is determined entire pathway must be repaired.
It was noted that certain areas of Queens—the confines of Community Boards 8 (Fresh Meadows, Jamaica Estates, Holliswood, Flushing South, Utopia, Kew Gardens Hills, Briarwood), 9 (Ozone Park, Woodhaven, Richmond Hill, Howard Beach) and 11 (Bayside, Douglaston, Little Neck, Auburndale, East Flushing, Oakland Gardens, Hollis Hills)—are ineligible since the DOT currently has sidewalk repair contracts underway in each district.
Properties with four or more residential units are also not eligible, as are locations scheduled for capital reconstruction, vaulted properties and sidewalks with distinctive features such as bluestone (slate), granite or decorative pavement.
The program runs through November 2010. For more information, or to file a request for repairs, call 311 or visit www.nyc.gov/dot. The DOT website also has a list of contractors licensed by the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs to perform sidewalk improvements.