Sidewalk Closure, Philadelphia, philadelphia.cbslocal.com, Nov 13, 2014

From the article:

“There have even been several instances over the past few years where the sidewalks on both sides of a block have been closed at the same time, with no alternate walkway.  Philadelphia’s walkability is being compromised.”

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From the article:

“Walkways are not just a problem on campus, but various parts of Lafayette, as well, according to the Facebook page, “My Inaccessible Lafayette,” which shows one man’s journey across Lafayette in his powered wheelchair…”

 

 

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Sidwalk Closed, Copperas Cove TX, Oct 14, 2014

From the article:  “Cove is 30 years behind in regard to sidewalks and safe pedestrian passage throughout the city,” Karla Branson wrote.

As confirmation, note that the sidewalk closure devices in the picture are not ADA-Compliant; meaning, they are not detectable to pedestrians with limited vision or mobility issues. Nor are they barriers. Other than that…

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SafetyWall Installation, Mesa AZ, Sept 2014…a PSS SafetyWall ADA-Compliant Longitudinal Channelizer installation, Mesa AZ.

Photo by Ben Gascoigne, PSS New Products Manager.

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Sidewalk Construction, Fairmont Ave, Bethesda MD, bethesdanow.com, Oct 2, 2014

From the article:

But Wolanin also said a lack of enforcement means “we’re seeing developers who have not asked for permission” close sidewalks around construction sites.

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From the article:

“Connecticut and its 169 municipalities rank near the bottom of states in complying with the basic mandates of the ADA and the 2008 amendments to it,” Gallucci said at the time. “Less than 12 Connecticut towns and cities have complied with the basic mandates of the law and as a whole, municipalities are not in compliance and have not even started even though they have had 20 years to do so.”

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SafetyWall, constructiondive.com, Sept 16, 2014 A short article, with reference to a longer one….And, a bonus pic (above) of a SafetyWall installation is included. We have no idea why they included the pic as it has nothing to do with the story, but ok!

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SafetyWall, Cedar Ave., Cleveland, Univ Circle, July 2014

…but, we do not despair.  Rather, we are eager to educate the unknowing.

Our Ben Gascoigne took this picture of a sidewalk work zone on Cedar Ave. the other day; the work zone is less than 10 minutes from our corporate offices. Obviously, this sidewalk “closure” sign and device does not provide safe, continuous guidance through the work zone. The lack of detectable, ADA-compliant temporary traffic control devices could prove troublesome to pedestrians, especially those with limited vision or mobility issues.

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troy-nauftts, Halifax construction barriers, cbc.ca, June 16, 2014

From the article:

“My dog abruptly came to a halt and I put my foot out to see what was going on and I could feel the edge of the pavement disappear,” he says.

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The article in full:

“A blind Philadelphia woman says that a construction crew failed to fully block a torn up section of the sidewalk, causing her to trip and injure herself while walking on the path, according to a personal injury suit filed at the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.

Kimberly Williams, of the 1900 block of Woodstock St. in Philadelphia, filed the suit against the 1963 Group, LLC, which owns the building on Bustleton Ave. and ordered repairs on the sidewalk, Grosso Construction, Inc., the general contractor, and O.K. Plumbing, LLC, the sub-contractor hired to perform plumbing work and other construction services. She seeks damages in excess of $50,000 for her injuries sustained from the fall.

According to the complaint, on June 2, 2012, Williams was walking on Bustleton Ave. with the assistance of a cane when she approached a section of the sidewalk that had been torn up by the construction crew. She tripped over the uneven walkway and injured her back, wrist, knee, shoulder and muscles. As a result, Williams had to provide coverage for the medical expenses related to her recovery and rehabilitation.

The plaintiff says that the site workers failed to give adequate warning to passersby at the construction area. The claim blames the crew for neglecting to erect a fence or obstacle that would prevent pedestrians from walking through the worksite.

Williams is represented by Lawren Nelson of the Philadelphia-based Edelstein Martin & Nelson.

The case ID number is 140503154.”

 

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