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City's ADA Sidewalk Repair Project Surpasses 9,000 Feet
The City of Pensacola's Public Works and Facilities Department has repaired approximately 9,350 linear feet of sidewalk and installed 215 curb ramps as part of the city's Americans with Disabilities Act Sidewalk Assessment. Another 18,750 linear feet of sidewalk is expected to be repaired by 2023, along with an additional 1,806 curb ramps.
The city completed an ADA Sidewalk Assessment in 2017 to evaluate existing sidewalks for ADA deficiencies, identifying approximately 28,100 linear feet of sidewalks and another 2,021 new curb ramps needed in order to achieve an acceptable level of ADA compliance.
"These repairs and improvements are essential to making our sidewalks accessible to all of our residents, so I'm excited to see projects continue to move forward," Mayor Grover Robinson said. "Sidewalks help create accessible, safe communities, which is what we strive for the City of Pensacola to be."
Sidewalk repair projects were also prioritized in the survey to create a master sidewalk improvement project list, which is available on the city's website.
Projects began on the west side of the city and are moving eastward, with the next set of projects planned for the Community Redevelopment Area Urban Core District
, which is primarily the downtown area. Two sidewalk repair projects in the Urban Core District are expected to begin this year, with three additional projects expected to be completed in 2020.
"This sidewalk assessment is an ongoing effort not only to make our sidewalks ADA compliant, but also to promote city-wide walkability and connectivity," Public Works and Facilities Director Derrik Owens said. "We are always looking for ways to continue to maintain and improve our infrastructure for all of our citizens."To view the sidewalk priority list and an interactive map, visit cityofpensacola.com.