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Charlottesville Working to Improve Sidewalk Accessibility

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Charlottesville is working to replace or repair sidewalks that aren't accessible to people with disabilities.

Contractors are pouring concrete for new curb ramps on Jefferson Street. City crews are also installing ramps in the Willoughby neighborhood where sidewalks are currently not fully accessible.

A survey found about 28 percent of Charlottesville sidewalks do not have a handicap-accessible ramp.

"The curb ramp improvements are a really critical part of our pedestrian network, so having the ability to transition safely from the sidewalk to the street and back again benefits people of all ages and abilities who are walking and trying to navigate our streets," said Amanda Poncy, bicycle/pedestrian coordinator for the city of Charlottesville.

The city is upgrading sidewalk ramps when streets are due for paving. The latest round of construction should wrap up within a week. 

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