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Open House To Discuss, Solicit Input On Lane County's ADA Transition Plan

Brian Bull

Information on Lane County’s efforts to make its right-of-ways more compliant with federal disability standards is on the agenda at an event this Thursday (9/12).

Lane County spokesperson Devon Ashbridge says at an open house, visitors can learn more about the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) and how that’ll be incorporated into curb ramps and pedestrian signals. 

“ADA standards began in the early 90s, but certainly we have intersections and crossings that predate that," says Ashbridge. 

"Some of the changes that have occurred over the last 20 or so years, are the angles of ramps, and what we believed to be safe 20 years ago is different than what we believe and know to be safer today.”

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A pedestrian signal and curb walkway in downtown Eugene.

The event also welcomes feedback on existing barriers on county roads, and what needs to be prioritized for ensuring accessibility.  It'll help guide the county's ADA Transition Plan, a federally-required initiative that develops a budget, timeline, and strategy to bring its intersections within the public right-of-way into compliance with ADA standards.  The ADA prohibits discrimination against people on the basis of disability.

The open house is Thursday from 2 to 6 pm, at the Lane County Public Works building on the North Delta Highway. 

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Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016. In his 25+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (19 regional), the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.