Blue Springs, Mo. – The City of Blue Springs has drafted a sidewalk repair and transition plan to address infrastructure repairs and meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance. The plan is available for resident review on the City’s website at bluespringsgov.com/sidewalkplan during a 60 day comment period.
Prompted by resident and City leaders’ desire to improve mobility and accessibility for all, the City contracted with TranSystems to complete an evaluation of the City’s 168 miles of sidewalks, 3,190 curb ramps and 1,276 street crosswalks for general infrastructure condition and ADA conformity.
The three month audit revealed that 83 percent of the City’s sidewalks will need minor modifications to meet ADA compliance. Minor repairs and slight improvements will also need to be made to City sidewalks, curb ramps, crosswalks, traffic signals, railroad crossings and stairs as related to sidewalk maintenance and right-of-ways.
The draft plan proposes that the City should prioritize sidewalk improvement based on a scale of worst to best areas and included prior grievances from residents and other applicable issues such as accessibility and proximity to City services, schools and hospitals.
The City is requesting that residents review the draft plan and submit comments during the 60 day comment period. Residents can submit comments from Monday, Dec. 29, 2014 through Friday, Feb. 27, 2015 to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the Engineering Department at (816) 228-0121. Please submit comments that focus on the draft plan only – if you have a specific location that you would like addressed please include it at the end of your comment.
The City will consider the views of residents, business owners, public agencies and other interested parties in preparing its final submission to the City Council and attach a summary of such comments as they relate to the draft plan.
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