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Post by News Tribune Staff on May 1, 2008 at 4:27 pm with No Comments »
May 1, 2008 4:27 pm

Call it a victory for the people – especially anyone who uses a wheelchair to cross the Yakima Avenue overpass.

Dan Handa of the Tacoma public works department said now plans to have ramps installed at the corner of South 28th Street and Yakima Avenue later this month.

City staff is still discussing how to increase ramp construction within the guidelines of the city transition plan, he said, and the department believes the intersection’s proximity to Tacoma Goodwill Industries justifies the fast track.

(City officials first learned it was a problem when reading about it here.)

Handa contacted Donna Siler, the woman who called the city with her concern about the intersection, on Thursday afternoon with the good news.

"I didn’t think I’d be able to pull something like this off," she said, "but once you get mad enough about something, you can talk to enough people and get something done."

It’s also a popular decision at Goodwill, which sees more than 10,000 visits per month to visit its outlet store and utilize its job-training programs.

"We recognize that the intersection is a major transit point for many who come to our outlet store and receive job training at our offices," spokesman Matthew Erlich said. "We encourage the city to make the area accessible to all, and we support this move."

It’s hard to argue with results.

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