ENID, Oklahoma – The city plans to put another dent in long-cherished plans this year to bring major intersections for pedestrians with disabilities to federal regulations.
Two public projects are slated for this year as part of the city’s 12-year Americans with Disabilities Act transition plan to make public areas in Enid more accessible to people with disabilities, city association and board member Angela Rasmuson told Enid’s ADA Access Board a special session during Thursday.
Rasmuson said she anticipates ADA-compliant projects in Champlin Pool will cost around $ 50,000. This includes replacing an improperly installed pool lift device, repairing toilet cubicles and showers, and repairing the entry slope into the children’s paddling pool.
Work would begin as soon as next month’s pool season is over, she said.
The remainder of the ADA board’s annual budget would then go towards rebuilding the sidewalks at the intersection of Independence and Garriott to add specially accessible curb ramps and audible traffic lights.
Two curb ramps will be installed at three of the four corners of the intersection this year. City teams have already repaired the northwest corner node that was damaged after last year’s winter storm, said Rasmuson, an urban engineering project manager.
The city’s transition plan requires audible signals to be added to the traffic signals on Garriott between Oakwood and 10th.
Audible signals are usually added to traffic signals as they are replaced, unless there is no apparent presence of pedestrians or sidewalks are not otherwise planned.
The current plan replaced a 1992 plan that prioritizes improvements in city facilities, buildings, parks, programs, and rights of way required to comply with the Americans with Disability Act of 1990 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
Since the transition plan was passed in April 2009 and went into effect in July, the ADA board has received $ 300,000 annually for improvement. Many, but not all, are listed in the plan according to priority levels, such as the acoustic signals for Garriott and repairs at the Champlin Pool.
The major transition plan programs of the past fiscal year were funded in a similar manner.
Repairs were first made to Kellet Park in Meadowlake – including adding accessible walkways and parking, buying new grandstands with wheelchair seats, etc. This is expected to cost $ 150,000 once the work and final checks are completed.
What was left of the annual funding was then used to upgrade the corner junction ramp and acoustic traffic lights in Grand and Garriott, one block away from this year’s project area.
The city doesn’t have an updated list of where all of the currently working audible signals are, but Rasmuson said they plan to document them this year as a layer in the city’s GIS system used by the city’s engineering firm.
“It’s a huge project and it has to be done when there is time anyone can provide,” she said of the documentation. “Achieving that is pretty big.”
Previous attempts by the city to record work signals – particularly a work list of former employee connections – were “lost somewhere in the mix,” said Chuck Tiessen, a member of the ADA access board.
According to the transition plan, in listed areas such as Garriott from the 10th city center from the 3rd to Van Buren and Garriott to Elm; Areas with high traffic and poor condition sidewalks within two blocks of a school; Areas with sidewalks with little traffic; Van Buren from Rupe to Oak; when there are sidewalks within one block of a school.