City plans ADA upgrade to intersection

Gordon Woods / Journal — The city will make this step ADA compliant, matching the sidewalk directly to the south at the intersection of N. Center and Webster streets.

Federal funds pay about 80 percent of cost

CLINTON — When work was performed for the city on the length of Center Street last summer, city officials thought they could hold off reworking a small section of sidewalk at one intersection.  That was until someone filed a complaint.

At the intersection of N. Center Street and Webster, a couple of steps on the northeast corner leads pedestrians onto the sidewalk.  City supervisor of public works Steve Lobb and Terry Fountain, of Cummins Engineering, said they were under the impression they could wait to change that small element until later, but a resident filed a complaint.  The steps are not ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant, so the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) told the city the work couldn’t wait.

Since part of the work is paid for by federal funds, IDOT gives the final sign-off of the work.

But, the issue wasn’t necessarily that simple.

“We’ve done our best to meet ADA regulations,” Lobb said of the plan to fix the steps.

It turned out, however, to be a much longer process than the city imagined to get their plan approved because it took IDOT so long to respond to their questions, Lobb told the city council on Monday.

• Complete story in the Friday, Mar. 19 print edition of the Clinton Journal or now in the Journal E-Edition for subscribers.

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