Sidewalk Repair

Hazardous Sidewalk Repair Program

The Department of Environmental Services' Bureau of Engineering assists property owners* by repairing hazardous sidewalks throughout the City of Rochester. Each year, the City concentrates its efforts on one of four different quadrants. The City will be splitting the northwest and northeast quadrants each into two separate contracts to be completed between 2012 and 2014 to address accelerated deterioration of sidewalks in these quadrants.  Sidewalks are considered potentially hazardous if they pose an obvious tripping hazard (a difference in elevation at the crack or joint of at least 1.5"), or if they are severely deteriorated.  "The City does not replace sidewalks that do not pose a tripping hazard, but are slanted, hold water, or are at a bad elevation. 

*Per the City Charter, property owners are responsible for maintaining sidewalks that are adjacent to their property. 




How can I report a hazardous sidewalk?

To find out if a sidewalk qualifies for interim repairs outside of its scheduled year:

  • Request it online 
  • Call 311 (outside city limits, call 585-428-5990)    

    An inspector will be sent out to decide if the sidewalk qualifies for replacement or not. If it does, the City will then determine if interim repairs are needed until the sidewalk is completely replaced in the future. Most interim repairs consist of either a wedge of asphalt of an overlay of asphalt.