NYC agrees to make all sidewalk curbs accessible to the disabled

March 22, 2019 - 10:02 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Advocates for disability rights were victorious in getting the de Blasio administration to agree to ensure that the city’s sidewalk curbs are accessible for those living with mobility and vision-impairment issues.

On Tuesday, a U.S. District Court judge issued a preliminary approval of a settlement that resolves two class action lawsuits brought by disability rights activists, the first going back as far as 1994.

“New York City takes ADA compliance seriously, and is deeply committed to continuing to make pedestrian ramps accessible Citywide,” said Nick Paolucci, a spokesman for the city’s law department, Gothamist reports. “We've already spent over $125 million on ramp upgrades during the last three complete fiscal years.” 

The city will now require surveys to address the status of curb cuts, and must submit its findings and plan of action to a court-appointed monitor.

According to a reports, curbs must have ramps as well as visual markers for the visually impaired.

The first survey due by October 31, 2019.

City officials reported that as of 2017, about 2,246 of the city’s 162,000 curb corners have no ramps.

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