Sioux Falls updating curb ramps for those with disabilities

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) – When It comes to doing projects around Sioux Falls, the city doesn’t cut any corners, but, in this case, with their latest project they’re making a special case.

The city is looking to improve many of the curb ramps and sidewalks throughout the city making them more accessible to those with disabilities.

“As a part of a ‘complete streets initiative’ here, we’re coming through and upgrading the ramps then we’re going to overlay the street, so it’ll be a much smoother driving surface for commuters as well,” Principal Engineer for the City of Sioux Falls Wes Philips said.

The first part of this initiative is to update the corners and their ramps at several crosswalks.

“We’re doing, you know, approximately 15 ramps. Then we’ve got a bunch of ramps on 41st street as well. Then on Western Avenue… we’ll have approximately 50 ramps total throughout the project,” Philips said.

After the ramps are updated, they can move on to phase two. 

“Once that’s done, we come in with a machine that will grind off the top of the existing surface, so they’ll remove the asphalt, and then we’ll come back with a paver to… pave new asphalt,” Philips said.

Creating pathways that are smoother to navigate for those who need it and making connecting our community a smoother process at the same time.

“This is an older corridor where the sidewalks are not as in great of condition, and we are making improvements here to… allow everyone to accessibly navigate as a pedestrian,” Philips said.

“It’s important to the community to provide accessible pathways for our people,” Philips said.

The city has many constructon projects they’re working on.

They’re looking to have some of them completed over the next two weeks and others taking until the end of May.

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