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ADA guidelines require that cities provide upgraded sidewalk ramps for easier access to all residents, including those who use wheelchairs and walkers. Funds have been designated for these projects. Where would you choose to put the ramps in 2019 and beyond?
From Staff Engineer Dean Chamberlain: We started putting in the new sidewalk curb ramps two years ago when we reconstructed Main Street, and you’ll definitely be seeing more of them. The new design comes from the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a federal law that requires cities to provide accessible sidewalks for everyone, including those of us who use wheelchairs and walkers. The ADA guidelines now call for wider ramps with a gentle slope to make it easier for everyone to get around.
You may never have given much thought to sidewalk ramps, but they’re important. In Red Wing, they connect people to 72 miles of sidewalks, 13 miles of trails, and 30 bus stops. Over the last two years, we’ve done an assessment of all our sidewalk ramps and found that 85% of them are non-compliant with the ADA guidelines. These ramps are often too narrow, too steep, and/or guide people out toward the center of the intersection instead of leading them straight ahead to the next sidewalk. If you’re a pedestrian, I’m sure you’re familiar with this issue.
A couple of years ago, some residents at Jordan Towers told us it was difficult to get to Central Park for concerts and other events because the sidewalk ramps around the park are too steep to manage in a wheelchair or walker. By the end of autumn, every intersection around Central Park will have new sidewalk ramps so everyone can enjoy the space.
This summer you'll see new sidewalk ramps at the 3rd Street/Bush Street intersection downtown, the mid-block crossing on 3rd Street at Jordan Court, and at the Spruce Drive/Twin Bluff Road intersection, where many students walk to Twin Bluff Middle School or Sunnyside Elementary. We also install the upgraded ramps any time a sidewalk is being reconstructed, such as during our annual street reconstruction projects. So, this summer and fall you'll also see the new sidewalk ramps in the area of our 2018 street reconstruction project that consists of portions of 8th, 9th, and 10th Streets, along with portions of Bush Street and McSorley Street.
Other areas can be upgraded because the ramp itself is a hazard or nuisance. Where do you see the most need? Let us know. Please answer the survey at the top of this web site page.
If you have more questions, please contact me, Staff Engineer Dean Chamberlain, at email@example.com or 651-385-5132.