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Long-planned ramp, sidewalk project launches

Work begins on Main Street after a decade in the making

 

May 4, 2022

Benny Westcott

Wildish Construction Co. workers upgrade sidewalks at the intersection of Clark Mill Road and Main Street. The work is part of ODOT's ADA curb ramp compliance sidewalk project in Sweet Home.

A routine clear-day drive down Sweet Home's Main Street offers some scenic nature vistas, but recent travelers can count on another sight.

Traffic cones. Lots of them. 

That's because in March 2017, the Oregon Department of Transportation agreed to bring more than 12,000 curb ramp locations throughout the state into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act over a 15-year period, following a March 2017 settlement between ODOT, eight individuals with mobility and visual disabilities, the Association of Oregon Centers for Independent Living (AOCIL) and Disability Rights Oregon.

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