Southern Pines sidewalk work

Intersection of North Bennett St. and West Connecticut Ave. in Southern Pines where work continues on the ADA project. 

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.

(5) comments

Jessica Wells

I am glad the town has undertaken this project. I once witnessed an individual in a wheelchair attempting to navigate the sidewalk at N. Bennett Street and W. Vermont Avenue. It was nearly impossible for him. Our town should continue to make its sidewalks and roads accessible for all. Thank you!

Mark Hayes

Is this an in-house project utilizing Southern Pines Maintenance workers, or a project that was put out for bid using private sector contractors ?

Kent Misegades

Why get the federal government involved? If this is truly something local citizens want and need, the money should come from local budgets. Or is this another non-essential expenditure and boondoggle for area construction companies, the people who crafted the ADA to fleece taxpayers.

Dan Roman

"...area construction companies, the people who crafted the ADA to fleece taxpayers."? In the real world area construction companies don't craft Federal Statutes

Some disabilities are physical hence visible, others are mental and can only be discerned by what is expressed in writing or verbally.

Jim Tomashoff

Kent once again displays his compassionate Christianity....just kidding, the man doesn't have an ounce of compassion. He also once again indulges in his right-wing conspiracy ideology. Yeah Kent, the ADA is just a massive conspiracy to fleece taxpayers and make construction companies rich, everyone knows that people with physical handicaps neither need nor deserve any assistance of any kind from government acting on behalf of the needs of a segment of its citizenry. You know Kent, I almost hope that there is a Heaven complete with gates manned 24/7/365 by St. Peter, cause, if so, when you show up thinking you've been a good Christian and you seek entry he's gonna laugh and laugh and laugh.

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