Columbia to Become More Accessible

2 years 11 months 2 weeks ago October 14, 2013 Oct 14, 2013 Monday, October 14 2013 Monday, October 14, 2013 4:30:00 PM CDT in News
By: Cristina Alexander, KOMU 8 Reporter

COLUMBIA - The city council is taking more steps towards making Columbia's sidewalks and crosswalks more compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

An advocate of the blind, who is herself visually impaired, says she's looking forward to the acquisition of audible pedestrian signals, which make noise when it is clear for pedestrians to cross.

"They allow visually impaired people to know when to cross the street," Gretchen Maune said, "so we're not standing there forever, not getting where we need to go, or not worried we're going to get hit by a car, which is nice."

Maune, who is president of a local affiliate of the American Council of the Blind, says Columbia is behind other Missouri cities. St. Louis, Kansas City and Springfield have them in place.

"Columbia has never had an audible pedestrian signal," Maune said.

She went to Columbia City Hall this summer to demand the signals.

In July, the Columbia Disabilities Commission decided to spend approximately $40,000 to install the audible crosswalks at four intersections: Old 63 and Broadway; Broadway and Providence; Providence and Business Loop 70; and Stewart and Providence.

Maune said she also thinks it's important for Columbia to add a designated pedestrian period which would give people time to cross the street by making drivers wait to take a right turn on red.

Maune and ADA Specialist Troy Balthazor said they think bricks in the crosswalks have also become a problem and should be fixed.

The shifting of bricks and erosion make it more difficult to cross the street, especially for those with a disability.

Balthazor said the "breakdown of bricks" along 8th street and Cherry street cost $650,000 to fix.

"Question is, where else is that going to happen downtown, how much is it going to continue to cost us to use bricks?" Balthazor said.

Downtown isn't the only part of Columbia where residents can expect changes. Clark Lane in the Third Ward may soon have sidewalks.

Third Ward City Council Member Karl Skala said he has been trying to get sidewalks on the two-lane street for several years.

"There are even occasionally wheelchair folks and other people and bicycles and so on, and at night it's very dangerous, so it's becoming a real public safety issue," Skala said.

While temporary sidewalks will be constructed by next year, they will not be wide enough to meet ADA standards. Skala said he hopes the sidewalks will be widened by 2015 to make them compliant.

"In the 2015 Fiscal Year, there are some federal funds available," he said.

 

 

 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - Police arrested two men after shots fired were reported in southern Columbia early Saturday morning. Officers said... More >>
2 hours ago October 01, 2016 Oct 1, 2016 Saturday, October 01 2016 Saturday, October 01, 2016 10:11:41 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA – Oct. 1 The University of Missouri’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources hosts the tenth annual South... More >>
4 hours ago October 01, 2016 Oct 1, 2016 Saturday, October 01 2016 Saturday, October 01, 2016 7:53:00 AM CDT in News
ST.LOUIS (AP)- Carlos Martinez pitched seven sharp innings, Matt Holliday hit an emotional home run and the St. Louis Cardinals... More >>
13 hours ago September 30, 2016 Sep 30, 2016 Friday, September 30 2016 Friday, September 30, 2016 11:09:00 PM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo.(AP)-Cleveland Indians defeated the Kansas City Royals 7-2 Friday night. Ryan Merritt gave up a run on... More >>
13 hours ago September 30, 2016 Sep 30, 2016 Friday, September 30 2016 Friday, September 30, 2016 10:56:00 PM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Federal prosecutors said a man serving a life sentence for his role in a 1988 explosion... More >>
18 hours ago September 30, 2016 Sep 30, 2016 Friday, September 30 2016 Friday, September 30, 2016 5:50:41 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Current and future health care professionals gathered in Columbia to talk about ethics and digital media on Friday.... More >>
19 hours ago September 30, 2016 Sep 30, 2016 Friday, September 30 2016 Friday, September 30, 2016 5:15:00 PM CDT in News
CALLAWAY COUNTY –The Callaway County Jail has an aging security system as old as the jail itself, which was built... More >>
19 hours ago September 30, 2016 Sep 30, 2016 Friday, September 30 2016 Friday, September 30, 2016 4:21:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Members of the University of Missouri Police Department and the Legion of Black Collegians met together Thursday night... More >>
20 hours ago September 30, 2016 Sep 30, 2016 Friday, September 30 2016 Friday, September 30, 2016 4:14:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA- The 10th annual Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival kicked off Friday and festival coordinators have been working to... More >>
20 hours ago September 30, 2016 Sep 30, 2016 Friday, September 30 2016 Friday, September 30, 2016 3:43:00 PM CDT in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - MU's Association of Black Graduate and Professional Students unveiled a historical marker Friday at the location of Columbia's... More >>
21 hours ago September 30, 2016 Sep 30, 2016 Friday, September 30 2016 Friday, September 30, 2016 2:54:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA – Farmers, and farmers at heart, can be happy that a new farmers market is in the works for... More >>
22 hours ago September 30, 2016 Sep 30, 2016 Friday, September 30 2016 Friday, September 30, 2016 2:17:00 PM CDT in News
BENTON (AP) — Authorities are searching for an inmate who escaped from a southeast Missouri jail. The Southeast Missourian... More >>
23 hours ago September 30, 2016 Sep 30, 2016 Friday, September 30 2016 Friday, September 30, 2016 12:43:43 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - As a broadcast station, visual representation of stories is an important part of coverage at KOMU 8 News.... More >>
1 day ago September 30, 2016 Sep 30, 2016 Friday, September 30 2016 Friday, September 30, 2016 11:54:00 AM CDT in News
FARBER - Authorities shot a man armed with a shotgun in Farber late Thursday night, the Missouri State Highway Patrol... More >>
1 day ago September 30, 2016 Sep 30, 2016 Friday, September 30 2016 Friday, September 30, 2016 9:56:00 AM CDT in News
MEXICO - Four men were arrested after officers say they found drugs and guns Thursday afternoon. According to a... More >>
1 day ago September 30, 2016 Sep 30, 2016 Friday, September 30 2016 Friday, September 30, 2016 7:17:00 AM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Family members restrained the father of a missing Missouri woman when the man accused of setting... More >>
1 day ago September 29, 2016 Sep 29, 2016 Thursday, September 29 2016 Thursday, September 29, 2016 8:07:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - In honor of the Columbia Public School Foundation's (CPSF) 20th anniversary, it announced a $20,000 grant for Columbia... More >>
1 day ago September 29, 2016 Sep 29, 2016 Thursday, September 29 2016 Thursday, September 29, 2016 7:49:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The annual Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival returns for its 10th year Friday to Columbia’s Stephens Lake... More >>
1 day ago September 29, 2016 Sep 29, 2016 Thursday, September 29 2016 Thursday, September 29, 2016 7:09:00 PM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 67°
1pm 66°
2pm 68°
3pm 68°
4pm 68°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

8:00a
2016 Ryder Cup
6:00p
KOMU 8 News @ 6
12:00p
Paid Program
12:30p
Paid Program
1:00p
Heartland

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
The Good Place
7:30p
The Good Place
8:00p
The Good Place
8:30p
The Good Place
9:00p
Saturday Night Live
7:00p
Family Guy
7:30p
Family Guy
8:00p
Bob's Burgers
8:30p
Bob's Burgers
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld