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City cutting sidewalks in safety test

By The Herald Staff | 10/14/2013

A City of Ottawa project to make more sidewalks ADA compliant should remove some trip hazards in the downtown area, city officials said.

Precision Concrete Cutting Midwest, Overland Park, plans to use a horizontal saw to form a non-slip slope that meets Americans with Disabilities Act standards, Andy Haney, the city’s public works director, said.

A City of Ottawa project to make more sidewalks ADA compliant should remove some trip hazards in the downtown area, city officials said.

Precision Concrete Cutting Midwest, Overland Park, plans to use a horizontal saw to form a non-slip slope that meets Americans with Disabilities Act standards, Andy Haney, the city’s public works director, said.

The method typically allows a community to repair 50 to 70 locations in a downtown area per day without having to close sidewalks for extended periods or remove and replace sidewalks, according to a City of Ottawa news release.

Precision Concrete is undertaking the work as a pilot project with the city to test the method for potential future use in Ottawa, Haney said.

“This pilot project will remove a significant number of trip hazards in the downtown area between First and Fifth streets,” Haney said.

The City of Ottawa has contracted with Precision Concrete to repair 108 locations at a total cost of $8,360, the news release said.

Using a horizontal saw to produce a non-slip slope in a sidewalk costs about one-fourth of what the expense would be to remove and replace a sidewalk, Precision Concrete officials told city officials.

Precision Concrete plans to begin the project Monday and anticipates completing the work in four to five working days, Haney said.

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