The ability to maneuver a roadway by foot or wheelchair can enliven a community and spur economic development. Bellevue saw the benefits firsthand after IIW completed a plan to improve sidewalks to the city’s business district.
The plan included the replacement of five blocks of sidewalk along the business strip on Highway 52 and the connections via three side streets. Prior the improvements, most business doorways had one to four steps to access the building and these were steps instead of curb ramps at the corners.
The selected design included modification of the curb and gutter to allow one level sidewalk where it is possible, and a two level sidewalk separated by railings at locations where the elevation differences were too great in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).