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Paso Robles smoothes the way with sidewalk work

This portion of Spring Street had curb and gutter but no sidewalk, it is part of the ADA upgrade of the street. At left with the shovel is Matt Stark, on the backhoe is Doug Thornton with Rockwood General Contractors. Paso Robles is upgrading curb ramps and sidewalks from 22nd street to 36th street on Spring.
David Middlecamp
8-15-2012
This portion of Spring Street had curb and gutter but no sidewalk, it is part of the ADA upgrade of the street. At left with the shovel is Matt Stark, on the backhoe is Doug Thornton with Rockwood General Contractors. Paso Robles is upgrading curb ramps and sidewalks from 22nd street to 36th street on Spring. David Middlecamp 8-15-2012 dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

A second wave of curb and sidewalk fixes is under way in Paso Robles in a massive $2.2 million project to improve access for people with disabilities on the west side of town.

The city is required to do the work after being sued by two North County residents in 2010 for failing to meet access standards under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Templeton resident Russell Peterson and Paso Robles resident Suzanne Smiley filed the suit after they found they couldn’t use various sidewalks or areas at Downtown City Park. The pair entered into a formal agreement under which the city is to complete specific improvements by several deadlines.

The city’s curbs are outdated under the disabilities act because they don’t have yellow no-slip tiles or flat landings.

Also, concrete needs to be poured on about 15,000 square feet of street-side walkways that don’t have stretches of sidewalk.

Work began in April on ramps around the park and is scheduled to continue along the other streets through October, according to the city.

The first phase focused on Spring Street from First to 20th streets, around Downtown City Park, and added new disabled parking downtown. New park restrooms, estimated to cost nearly $550,000, are also planned.

The current phase focuses on fixing 30 ramps along Spring Street from 22nd to 36th streets.

The contractor for all ramp work is Rockwood General Contractors in Arroyo Grande.

The series of projects is being funded by bond proceeds set aside by the city’s former redevelopment agency before Gov. Jerry Brown dismantled those agencies statewide earlier this year.

The lawsuit also required the city to construct an accessible route from Spring Street to Riverside Avenue, but a separate project already scheduled for 21st Street fulfills that requirement. It will be put out for bid later this year, with construction to begin in spring 2013, the city said.

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