Officials are asking people to speak out about barriers to people with mobility challenges and part of work to identifiy spots that don’t meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
About 165 miles of sidewalk, 65 miles of trails, and 5,500 pedestrian ramps within Blue Earth and Nicollet counties are included in the survey being conducted by the Mankato-North Mankato Area Planning Organization and consultant Bolton and Menk.
It addition to learning more about the process, officials say the meeting at the Intergovernmental Center in Mankato at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday will allow attendees to suggest places in the public right-of-way or at public buildings where its unsafe for people with disabilities to travel.
Planners say that once the problem spots are identified they’ll put together a schedule to fix those problems in the future.
The ADA Transition Plan and Inventory is mandated by the federal government, and they may withhold federal highway funds to local governments that haven’t completed the study by 2019.