CONEJOS COUNTY – Colorado Department of Transportation and Contractor KSK, LLC will begin construction of new ramps and walkways in Manassa, Conejos County on Aug. 9. The newly built ramps will meet the required standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The project also includes guidelines for the accessibility of public roads (PROWAG). PROWAG promotes equality for people with disabilities by designing and developing accessibility guidelines and standards.
The project is located between Mile Point 1.75 and MP 3.80 on Colorado Highway 142 (Main Street), within the Manassa community from 1st Street to 9th Street and Manassa Eastfield Ditch. The work will improve curb ramps, sections of adjacent sidewalks, curbs and gutters at multiple intersections and two locations in the middle of the block: 9th Street, 8th Street, mid-block between 8th and 7th Streets, 7th Street, 6th Street, 4th Street, 3rd Street, 2nd Street, middle block between 1st Street and 2nd Street.
Improved ADA curb ramps are designed to give pedestrians easy access between the sidewalk and the street when there is a vertical difference in height. Curbs can be dangerous for people with disabilities and requirements are put in place to prevent dangerous situations such as people falling out of a wheelchair or using a walking stick or rollator.
“We are very pleased with the partnership we have developed with the City of Manassa,” said Julie Constan, Southwest Regional Transportation Director. “By combining the CDOT ADA Ramp Funds with the city’s recently awarded Multi Modal Options Funds, we are able to work together and use available funds to move this project forward. This will be a wonderful addition to the community. “
CDOT ADA Ramp Funds will cover $ 500,000 of the project, particularly for ramp construction. In the meantime, the City of Manassa will contribute approximately $ 1 million through Multi Modal Options Funds and a grant from the Department of Local Affairs for the new sidewalks and curb and gutter improvements.
The work is scheduled for August 9th and is expected to last until the end of September. The normal working hours are Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Effects on travel
- Travelers with cars, bicycles, wheelchairs or on foot must expect various road and pavement closures where work zones are available.
- Sidewalks can be closed during the day, overnight, or at the weekend to allow the concrete to set and harden.
- Please note that temporary closings may be enforced for businesses and homes to allow the concrete to set and harden.
- Crews will do their best to maintain business and residential access, with access being temporarily changed.