I thought the city would be repairing sidewalks and perhaps installing curb-free sidewalk ramps at intersections. That some intersections that already had curb-free ramps were also being torn up was puzzling, but I thought that maybe they were adding those little round bumps to warn you of the approaching intersection. Still, why would they be tearing up the intersection for ten to fifteen feet? Dunno, but that turned out to be the least of the problems.
After the jump, one example of Unsafe Routes to School.
This is at the corner of Sunny Meadow Ln and Meadowcove Dr. When the construction workers tore up the sidewalk and installed new ramps (in many cases there had already been ramps), the new ramps were lower than the old sidewalks. So, they poured new ramps from the old sidewalk to the new ramps. If it sounds crazy, it's because it is. In the example above, there's a drop-off of six inches in a run of nineteen inches to get the old and new sidewalks to connect. I'm no expert on the federal Americans with Disabilities Act, but I'm pretty sure a 1:3 grade exceeds it.
I stumbled just walking over such a "joint" at another intersection that had less of a grade than this. And I knew exactly what I was facing. Imagine trying to get a wheelchair up or down that. Or, imagine a child riding his bike to school and hitting that "joint" going up or down. Going up it's like a speed bump. Going down it's like Thelma and Louise. Nasty spills will be common.
Come on, Richardson. Take a look at this design and/or construction. Something ain't right. Let's get it fixed before we spend too much more money on a project that's just going to have to be redone. Hopefully before some kid has an accident on these Unsafe Routes to School.