63 Sidewalk Corners in Manhattan are Getting ADA Legit
Whoa! That's a lot of corners being improved! Ramps, approaches and curbs are so important for intersection safety for EVERYONE in a community, not just those with mobility issues.
Manhattan, Montana is getting one heck of a sidewalk corner makeover. Where are all of these improvements going? According to the Montana Department of Transportation:
- South Broadway Street, between Wooden Shoe Lane and East Railroad Avenue
- North 5th Street, between East Railroad Avenue and East Fulton Avenue
- Dry Creek Road, between Spruce Street and Bridger Ridge Run
- West Main Street, between South 2nd Street and South 8th Street
To improve access, one full sidewalk will be improved, 2 new approaches will be installed and a total of 63 sidewalk corners will be updated with ramps. (BTW - ramps aren't a huge deal...they're just incredibly important. It's a simple, smooth change in elevation vs. an abrupt curb drop-off.
Although MDT is streamlining this large project as much as possible to reduce inconvenience to the public, they did say this:
During construction for the new sidewalk improvements, the public should expect minor mild noise disturbances, minor pedestrian detours, and intermittent loss of parking.
Improvements like these can make a street so much safer for everyone who uses it. (Just think about North 7th Avenue just a few years back...although busier than Manhattan streets, North 7th was challenging to even walk a few blocks. Crossing the street was not easy or safe.) Improvements to corners is good for vehicles (to see) and for pedestrians (to cross).