I had a disaster of a huge river birch tree in front of my house when I purchased it a year ago. I had it removed about five months ago, and the roots that ran through the yard were ground out along with the stumps. The roots lying underneath the walkway were not removed at the tree removal contractor said they could not go under the walkway, which was obvious by the massive machine they used for the stump grinding and root chasing.
I had a mudjacking contractor take a look, and he told me that doing that $1,000 job would leave the walkway peaked because the root would still be underneath. I then submitted a request through Thumbtack asking if someone could lift the segment and remove the root and then put it back. I had seen Youtube videos of this being done, but it does not seem to be standard practice. The guy told me "sure" and then took a look and said the segments had to be removed and the concrete repoured for $2,500.
Is there a way to remove large roots from underneath an exposed aggregate sidewalk without turning it into a huge project? I don't know what kind of contractor would do this. Maybe concrete contractors are not the right place to go. I want it to be ground/chopped/destroyed. The complicating factor is that unlike regular stump removals that include the roots, this large root system is under a walkway.