The city of Peoria is updating design requirements for pedestrian traffic. Peoria Public Radio’s Student Reporter Heather Swick reports the city council unanimously approved updates to its Americans with Disabilities Act standards:
The updated standards address federal regulations and new thinking when it comes to the construction and replacement of roads, intersections and sidewalks, specifically for those with physical disabilities. The updates were crafted with a variety of state and federal policies but little input from the Mayor’s Advisory Committee for the Disabled. City Manager Patrick Urich says the committee needs to play a more active role in the city’s accessibility.
“We’ve had a difficult time in terms of getting people engaged in that commission,” Urich says.
“So we need to double down our efforts to make sure that we get people active in the commission so they’re attending the meetings so we have a quorum so that they can conduct business.”
Urich says of the 5,000 sidewalk intersections not up to ADA standards, the city is able to repair about 200 a year. The new ADA transition plan replaces the city’s original blueprint implemented in 1995.