One of Jefferson City's busiest roads to see upgrades

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JEFFERSON CITY - Many sidewalks throughout Jefferson City will be revamped this summer into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Representatives from MoDOT will discuss and inform the public about the project to repair sidewalks along Missouri Boulevard between Whitton Expressway and Delaware Street at a public meeting Tuesday night.

Transportation Project Manager, Bruce Green, said MoDOT will level out and widen sidewalks to allow access for people in wheelchairs or those who need walkers.

"We are essentially taking out the bumps, you know flattening them out where they are needed and also adding crosswalks and signals," Green said.

More push buttons and stripes on the road will also be added at crosswalks.

Green said right now a lot of the sidewalks don't fit under ADA regulations requiring sidewalks to be four-feet wide between obstacles and have a slope of less than two percent.

"It's one of these things where eventually we are going to try to get all of our sidewalks and what not up to ADA compliance on our facilities, it just takes time and money so we are doing it as it comes along", Green said.

Green said the project is not only required, but it is the right thing to do to make the area more pedestrian friendly and allow people with disabilities to use the sidewalks.

This project- estimated at $700,000 - is part of the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program.

"We are probably only doing about half of what is being needed to be done right now out here because that's all the money we have," Green said.

The construction will begin this summer and is set to finish sometime in the fall.