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Ramping up accessibility

June 29, 2007

Sidewalks around Ellis Lake and throughout Marysville are getting torn apart so wheelchairs and baby strollers can roll.

Work is already under way at 9th and D streets, where a construction crew is breaking up concrete curbs and putting in handicapped-accessible ramps to make the area compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, said assistant engineer Catherine Dykes.

The work will continue up D Street at the 11th, 12th and 14th street intersections.

Thirty more ramps are expected to be added within the city. Areas involved include the south side of 14th Street from D to H streets, the west side of G Street from 11th to 14th streets and 5th and J streets.

Funds for the project are coming from a $1.5 million Community Development Block Grant overseen by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development. The program helps to improve conditions in communities through grants.

Work around Ellis Lake is expected to be finished by the end of this week at the earliest. All of the sidewalk work in town should be finished by July 6, Dykes said.

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