Paso to get ramps for disabled access

Crews are set to start work next week on disabled-access ramps at various intersections along Oak Street in Paso Robles, funded with federal stimulus money.

Work is expected to take two weeks, starting Dec. 7, but could take longer if rain causes delays, according to city leaders.

The roughly $28,000 project is being funded with federal Community Development Block Grant money made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The grant requires at least 70 percent of the money be used to benefit low-income residents, city planner Ed Gallagher said.

Low-income is defined as households earning 80 percent or less of the county’s median income, according the state Department of Housing and Community Development.

One way to meet the federal requirements is to do public infrastructure work in areas where low-income residents live, he said.

Oak Street is on the city’s west side. According to data from the 2000 census, more than 51 percent of the residents of the Paso Robles west side are low-income.

Also, because Oak Street has several corners without disabled-access ramps, installing them would also bring that area into compliance with the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act, Gallagher said.

Both sides of 16th and 17th streets won’t close to pedestrians at the same time because those streets are walking routes to Bauer-Speck Elementary School.

Disabled-access ramp work

Crews are set to start construction at these intersections starting on Dec. 7

SOURCE: City of Paso Robles