Apparently, all over Ocean Beach, intersection ramps are being replaced to meet ADA standards. Trouble, is the ramps that are being replaced are fairly brand new!
The same thing has been occurring in Pacific Beach. Last week, the San Diego Reader ran a short piece by Paul Severt on this very issue:
[The City has a] current project of replacing the handicapped sidewalk curbs with ones that include plastic yellow rectangles with raised domes. The yellow patches are bumpy and serve as a detectable warning to unaccompanied blind citizens.
Josh Freeman, a project foreman, explained that the curbs had to be replaced because they were one-eighth of an inch too high for ADA standards. According to a report to the City from Engineering and Capital Projects Department employee Patti Boekamp, the addition of the raised yellow rectangles is a federal requirement.
The cost of each uninstalled plastic patch is approximately $200. The cost of replacing each curb is approximately $3500.
One-eighth off?? What a way to spend our money!! (Is this federal stimulus money?) Over the next day or two, we’ll contact Mr Freeman mentioned above and have him confirm this.