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CURB RAMPS: City ahead of ADA regulations

August 29, 2013

Columbia City’s Street Department is working to replace all curb ramps in the city with wheelchair-friendly ones. According to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards, red, truncated dome mats must be placed to warn citizens before the sidewalk meets the street, as pictured above at the intersection of Columbia Parkway and Azuba Drive. Post & Mail photo / Nicole Ott

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s streets are ahead of the norm for new Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.

Cities across Indiana had to make a transition plan to submit to the state by the end of December, 2012 — Columbia City’s was submitted in November.

Not only does Columbia City’s Street Department have a plan, but Superintendent Kelly Cearbaugh is already putting it into action.

Cearbaugh recently attended a conference, in which he learned several cities in Indiana haven’t submitted a plan yet.

Beth Igney, the city’s human resource director, was appointed by the Board of Works as the ADA coordinator for Columbia City.

Igney’s responsibility is to identify barriers for people in the city with disabilities.

One of those barriers was sidewalk curbs.

Cearbaugh said approximately 400 curb ramps need to be replaced, and his department is working on them when available.

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