Capital Projects Frequently Asked Questions
Whose responsibility is it to repair or replace sidewalks?
Property owners are responsible for repair and replacement, but may receive City assistance. The City may pay for a portion of the cost, and will remove City tree roots, if necessary.
For information on sidewalk programs, see the Bureau of Sidewalks and Permits or call 216.664.2474.
For further information on tree roots, see Urban Forestry or call 216.664.3104.
What is flowable fill?
Flowable fill is a self-compacting, cementous material used as backfill in place of compacted granular material. It is made from cement, fly ash, fine aggregate (sand) and water.
Large excavations with valve boxes in the middle require a way to stabilize the extension while adding material to keep it lined up. What type of slump is required?
Flowable fill does not have to be ordered at a high slump (8"-10"). A lower slump could be used to stabilize the extension. After that, the slump can be increased.
If wrapping utility pipes is necessary, who assumes this responsibility?
The contractor should notify the owner of the utility to wrap the pipe.
What happens if, during construction, something like trolley tracks are found at the site?
Flowable fill is used under trolley tracks to fill voids created by tunneling. It is more compact than granular backfill.