- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 28, 2017

BEND, Ore. (AP) - The Oregon Department of Transportation will have to replace up to 90 percent of the curb ramps along highways as part of a legal settlement with disability rights advocates.

The Bulletin reports (https://is.gd/jKlhqx ) that ODOT announced a settlement with Disability Rights Oregon on Monday that requires the agency to repair or replace thousands of curb ramps that do not comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Disability Rights Oregon says that a 2011 inventory conducted by ODOT found that 15,270 of 16,938 intersections maintained by the state had deficient ramps. The group says those deficiencies include places where improper construction puts wheelchair users at risk of rolling into streets.

As part of the settlement, ODOT will have five years to update 30 percent of problem ramps and 10 years to update 75 percent.


Information from: The Bulletin, https://www.bendbulletin.com

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