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Pittsburg's new curbside ramps appear not to be connected with sidewalks

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Pittsburg's street sales tax project requires ADA Compliant curbside ramps. Construction crews will install more than 80 this summer.  

"We just don't put a ramp there just to put a ramp, it has to have a sidewalk underneath there," said Bill Beasley, Pittsburg Public Works Directors. 

In some neighborhoods sidewalks are covered completely with grass and dirt, others are not far behind. 

"A lot of them you can't see, you probably have to dig 2 to 5 inches I would think in some case, in some cases I didn't think they were there." said Daron Hall Pittsburg City Manager.

"The problem with brick sidewalk it becomes a maintenance issue grass grows up between the brick and unless you're put weed killer on them and maintain them they soon disappear," said Beasley.  

According to city code the landowner is responsible for maintaining the walkway on the property,  although the city has not enforced the code in years, and don't plan to in the future. 
 
"It's probably not in the cards anytime soon, we have enough enforcement issues and other things we need to focus on for the public safety, and sidewalks are vast in a smaller community like this with 20,000 people and you start counting up the land mines that you have and the sidewalks that are covered its significant, " said Hall.  

 "It's important to provide for handicap accessibility, said Beasley. "We want individuals to feel a part of the community we want them to get around in the community."  

 

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