Springfield Seeks Public Input on ADA Transition Plan for Sidewalks

The City of Springfield is asking for the public’s input on a plan to bring sidewalks and curb ramps up to current Americans with Disabilities Act standards.

The move comes after the city completed an inventory of sidewalks and curb ramps.

“The main goal of this plan is to set a timeline for the City to bring sidewalks and curb ramps that have identified barriers to accessibility, based on the data collected in 2018, up to current ADA standards,” Public Works ADA Coordinator Dawne Gardner, said in a statement.

Residents will have until August 30, 2019 to review the plan and make comments. Comments can be sent via email to dgardner@springfieldmo.gov or in person at one of the following events:

  • 5:30-7 p.m., June 26 at Empower: Abilities, 1450 W. Cambridge, in conjunction with the Mayor’s Commission on Human Rights and Community Relations public forum;
  • 4:30-6:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 16 at The Library Station, 2535 N. Kansas Expressway;
  • Friday, Aug. 9 and Saturday, Aug. 10 at the City’s information tent on Park Central Square during the  Birthplace of Route 66 Festival;
  • 4:30-6:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 22 at City Utilities’ Transit Center, 211 N. Main;
  • 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday until Aug. 30 at the Citizen Resource Center, located on the first floor of the Busch Municipal Building, 840 N. Boonville

The city is touting highlights from the plan in a press release, including:

  • The City maintains 640 miles of sidewalk and 10,297 curb ramps.
  • Approximately 70% of the City’s curb ramps have a deficiency that must be addressed.
  • Approximately 60% of the City’s existing sidewalks are in less than “good” condition.
  • Approximately 40% of the City’s traffic signals have audible pedestrian features installed or planned.
  • The City has $1.7 million per year in existing resources to address deficiencies identified in the plan. With existing resources, the plan will take approximately 18 years to complete.
  • Project priorities are reflected on a map grid provided in the plan. Projects will be completed by map grids within the city limits and priorities were set based on pedestrian activity, activity centers, inaccessible curb ramps and tripping hazards.
  • The plan is a living document and will be reviewed and possibly readjusted on an annual basis.