Work was underway this week to install new handicap ramps at the intersection of North Bennett Street and West New Hampshire Avenue in downtown Southern PInes. The site is one of 79 locations around town identified for federal funding to bring the sidewalks in compliance with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA).
The project is primarily funded through the Transportation Alternative Program (TAP), which provides federal funds that are coordinated through the state’s Department of Transportation divisions.
Sidewalk ramps on state-maintained roads are improved at state expense, while those on town-maintained roads require a 20 percent local match. For a site to be eligible for TAP funding, it must be requested by the local government.
Earlier this year, the Southern Pines Town Council approved a $40,000 match to install or retrofit 79 intersections with handicap ramps and to improve short sections of sidewalks with ramps to create a continuous path.
Many of the intersections identified for funding are located in downtown Southern Pines, including along Bennett Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. Work has been completed also at several intersections along May Street just east of downtown.