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Yakima Avenue isn’t the only problem

Post by News Tribune Staff on May 6, 2008 at 11:45 am with No Comments »
May 6, 2008 11:45 am

I’ve received several e-mails and calls about ramps and sidewalks in the area. I just printed out Tacoma’s beefy Americans with Disabilities Act draft transition plan.

I’ll hopefully have more on that in the next few weeks, as the plan nears finalization.

In the meantime, if you’re wondering what some other problems are, click below:

Over a year ago I complained to the city by phone about their failure to put a curb ramp on another sidewalk near a busy intersection. The city repaired the broken corner of a sidewalk at S. 84th & Bell St., a block up a small hill, east from Walgreens at S. 84th & Pacific Avenue. You can still clearly see the newer white concrete that contrasts with the older gray concrete.

I called the city and complained about it to a woman, although I don’t know if it was the same woman in your article. She didn’t know who did the repairs, (even though it’s a city street and sidewalk), but she’d look into it. Although I didn’t know the name of it, I asked her if there wasn’t a law that the city was supposed to put in a curb ramp on a repaired or new sidewalk? Of course, she didn’t know, but she’d look into it. The corner has still not been replaced with a curb ramp.

I know for a fact that a man in an electric wheelchair drives around that block more than once a week. To ride past that corner with the curb, he has to drive his wheelchair for the entire block in the street of S. 84th from Walgreens to the curb ramp in the older gray concrete on the opposite corner of Bell St.

This man goes to the “hot meal” at Immanuel Celebration Church at 92nd and Pacific Ave. on Thursdays at 6:00 pm, and he may go to church there on Sunday. Of course, he does various shopping and errands during the week driving that route.

I’ve also seen another person drive his or her electric wheelchair that same route.

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