- Associated Press - Saturday, August 9, 2014

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Some road and sidewalk construction projects in Sioux City have made getting around difficult for people with mobility issues, a disability rights advocate says.

Don Dew, head of the advocacy group Access SUX, is asking for better communication with the city, the Sioux City Journal reported (https://bit.ly/X8VJgO ) Saturday.

Several road and sidewalk projects have limited access for pedestrians, Dew said, and his group has received numerous complaints.

“If they can’t get somewhere and they’re in a wheelchair it’s a dangerous situation if there’s no sidewalk,” said Dew, who also is executive director at the Disabilities Resource Center of Siouxland.

Dew has unsuccessfully lobbied the city to develop a volunteer commission on disabilities that would report to the City Council.

Sioux City Public Works Director Jade Dundas responded that the city works with disabled people and contractors to make sure access issues are resolved. He says he’s open to more discussions.

“All the road reconstruction we’re doing right now, we’ll have improved intersections and improved sidewalk ramps,” Dundas said.

Sherry Flansburg, who suffers from post-polio syndrome and uses a wheelchair, said it’s a major hassle for her to get around in some parts of Sioux City.

“You might be able to get through on a nearby street, but I’d have to really drive and look for a place where there are curb cut-outs and whether or not you could get through to some areas,” she said. “I wouldn’t want to try it.”

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Information from: Sioux City Journal, https://www.siouxcityjournal.com


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