WESTFIELD, Ind. - Some of Westfield’s sidewalks are about to get a makeover thanks to funding through a grant.
Over the next four months, around 40 new ADA-compliant ramps will be installed throughout the city.
Westfield communications director Erin Murphy said the ADA Act was put into law in 1990. "The ADA Act has updated over the years and cities and communities have not been able to keep up with it," she said.
The most noticeable update over the past 27 years might be the "detectable warnings" on sidewalk ramps. The colorful, usually red, surfaces have a pattern of domes on them that are used to alert visually impaired walkers that they are approaching a street and sidewalk ramp.
While most of the sidewalks in the business districts of Westfield have detectable warnings, sidewalk ramps in the neighborhoods still need them.
The majority of the sidewalks are around the high school and library in town and along 196th street, between Oak Ridge Road and Spring Mills Roads.
The majority of the construction will be paid through an INDOT and Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization grant, which will fund approximately $196,000. The remaining $22,000 of the project will be picked up by the city.
The work is designed to make Westfield’s pedestrian areas more accessible to all residents and visitors. The project is also part of the Safe Routes to Schools for Oak Trace Elementary School.
"That is basically making very pedestrian-friendly and cycle-friendly ways for kids to get to and from school," Murphy said. "It’s a big goal for the schools here and the city likes to help support that.”
Construction will begin in April and continue through July. Some sidewalks may be closed up to 10 days during construction.