- Associated Press - Monday, May 18, 2015

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Improvements to sidewalks and handicapped-accessible curb ramps are being made for transit riders in Spokane as part of a new project.

The Spokesman-Review reports (https://bit.ly/1FjA0nB ) that city officials say that 139 curb ramps, 1,600 square yards of sidewalk, 75 square yards of pavement patching and other items are part of the work that has just gotten underway.

Many of the locations receiving improvements are in lower-income areas with high bus ridership where there are older sidewalks and curbs.

City spokeswoman Julie Happy says funding for the project came from a federal New Freedoms Program grant that enables people with disabilities to get around town. She says the city is working with Spokane Transit Authority on the Connect to Transit project to respond to the transportation needs of the community.

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Information from: The Spokesman-Review, https://www.spokesman.com

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