The work is part of the city’s plan to keep the sidewalks in good shape and in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Crews will be re-paving the sidewalks while also re-doing the ramps to make sure they’re at the right slope grade.
“The ADA accessibility is a federal requirement so that’s a federal regulation that the city has to follow,” Cory Crebin, Medford Director of Public Works, said. “The pavement overlay, we have a pavement management strategy for the city of Medford and essentially what we try to do is the appropriate maintenance at the right time.”
This year’s project will cost just over $2 million. The work on the ramps will continue over the next two months and the paving will start in the summer.
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