City Finishes Curb Ramps Just In Time
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
January 6, 2003
COLUMBUS, OHIO--With 13 hours left to meet an end-of-the-year deadline, city contractors finished the last of 10,800 curb ramps at 11 a.m. last Tuesday.
The project was part of a 1997 settlement of a lawsuit filed against the city by the Ohio Statewide Independent Living Council.
That settlement required wheelchair ramps to be built at intersections on certain resurfaced streets by the end of the year 2000.
The Independent Living Council granted the city a two-year extension when it was discovered that many of the first ramps were built incorrectly. Several city employees resigned over the ordeal, including the city engineer.
According to the Associated Press, disability advocates are pleased with the progress but are worried that some ramps are still placed far from corners because of lampposts and other obstacles.
Another lawsuit concerning older wheelchair curb ramps was filed in May of 2002. Wanda Neuhard sued the city saying the ramps violate the Americans with Disabilities Act and are too steep to be safe.
The city is negotiating with Neuhard to come up with a solution.