Reader: Sidewalk improvements would go a long way
The third thing, and a necessary part of the crossings, is that the concrete sidewalk is poured flush with the pavement. A one-fourth-inch lip doesn't mean a great deal to you walking, but that same lip being there when you are blind or in a wheelchair is a very significant difference to the user of the sidewalk.
All we as the traveling public are asking for is that the disabled, blind and non-motorized traffic user has a safe way to travel throughout our community. I guess what I am saying is that we need at the least the same effort put in the sidewalk system as we put into the open roadway traffic as well. I realize also, as I hope you will agree, that the city fathers have sat down and neglected the sidewalk system for many years and we have a great deal of work to accomplish before it will be up to standard in the existing part of town, and we need due diligence in all the newer areas of Lebanon as well.
In my opinion, we have spent hours doing hard work and planning at the city administration building with little actual work out into the field getting the project completed and maintained as needs to be accomplished. All of the non-motorized traffic, including folks using electric wheelchairs, want is a safe area to transport themselves from home to places of business and back home once again in a safe manner.
The only other matter that we would like to be addressed is the installation of access ramps to pre-existing commercial properties so that we the disabled have access to businesses from the public sidewalks during repair and/or replacement of an older business while the building is being reworked. This will be a successful means to allow all of the public to use a place of business as needed by the entire general public at large.
Carey D. MooreLebanon