City of Vancouver will install 169 curb ramp corners

Project addresses Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility requirements

By Dameon Pesanti, Columbian staff writer

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Walking or rolling around some of Vancouver’s neighborhoods might get a little easier this year.

The city council recently approved plans to install 169 curb ramp corners in the city to meet Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility requirements.

On Monday, the city council approved a plan to install 73 curb ramps at 49 intersections in the Rose Village, Hough, Arnada, Esther Short, Fruit Valley and Ellsworth Springs neighborhoods. Integrity Excavating & Construction of Battle Ground will complete the work for just under $590,000.

The start date and work schedule are yet to be determined, but the work is expected to be finished before the streets are resurfaced this summer.

In late March, the city council approved a plan to resurface 20 lane-miles of streets and install 96 curb ramps in the Cascade Highlands, Burton Ridge, Cascade Southeast, Mountain View and Northwest and Kevana Park neighborhoods.

The work is being performed by the Longview-based contractor Advanced Excavating Specialists for $880,000. Construction will take place between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. and may occasionally run as late as 8 p.m.

City of Vancouver Public Works spokeswoman Loretta Callahan said work on the curbs started Wednesday and would likely be finished around the beginning of June, ahead of the street resurfacing that will start later in the summer.

Not every curb is going to be modified, only those that are not ADA compliant.

The work is being done as part of the city’s 2017 Pavement Management Program.

More information about the projects can be found at: www.cityofvancouver.us/pavement