Twenty-five years after the passage of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), some Pacific sidewalks are still unfriendly to wheelchairs, according to Alderman Steve Myers.
Speaking at the Dec. 5 board meeting, Myers said he recently spotted a woman in a wheelchair on the West Osage sidewalk in front of the Lazy Larry property. She was headed for El Agave restaurant and the only route there would require her to leave the sidewalk and get onto the street.
On another day, Myers said he saw two ladies on Viaduct Street pushing baby carriages, who faced the same challenge, having to push the carriages into the street to proceed to reach their destination.
“We need to look at our sidewalks,” he said.
Myers asked that the operations committee look into the condition of city sidewalks and possible solutions.
He also talked with developers of a new project on Hogan Road and they assured him that there would be safe crosswalks connecting sidewalks throughout the development.
City Administrator Steve Roth said the city needs an ADA transition plan, which is on his list, but he hasn’t gotten there yet. He said communities are encouraged to have in place an ADA transition plan prior to next year’s surface transportation program (STP) round of funding through the East-West Gateway Council of Governments.
Roth said the city has applied for a traffic transportation study grant and he’s still waiting to hear back on that.
“If we get that (the grant) we could hire a consultant to do that and ADA transition plan with $10,000 from Franklin County,” he said.
No action was taken on sending the sidewalk issue to the operations committee.