City of El Paso in process of repairing dozens of sidewalks to make them ADA compliant

City working to make sidewalks ADA compliant. (CBS4)

The CBS4 Problem Solvers are digging deeper to find out how many sidewalks across El Paso are in need of ADA repairs.

This, after we brought you the story of a damaged sidewalk on Lee Trevino that’s becoming a hazard to people with disabilities.

It’s an ongoing problem across the city of El Paso, particularly in older neighborhoods built before the ADA went into effect.

People in wheelchairs are not able to use some sidewalks because of cracks and other damage.

Donna Buckman told CBS4 Problem Solvers she’s been forced to ride her wheelchair in the street for months because of damaged sidewalk on Lee Trevino and Anise Drive.

“I have to pray every time that I start [the journey] because it’s very dangerous,” she said.

The CBS4 Problem Solvers made some calls and the city of El Paso put it on a list for repairs.

“For this year, we’ve already addressed about 30 [ADA] projects and we have another 50 to 60 projects on our list, so we’re plodding along,” said the city’s ADA coordinator Julio Perez.

Some of those ADA repairs include things like adding ramps to curbs.

CBS4 drove out to one of the projects in progress; they’re adding ramps on the corner of Sagittarius and Achilles Street in northeast El Paso.

The city sets aside $500,000 in funds each year specifically for ADA repairs.

The city said this allows them to be a lot more proactive than before.

Many homeowners aren’t aware of the fact that they’re responsible for sidewalk maintenance around their homes, even if the home is located adjacent to a main roadway.

Because of this, homeowners aren’t able to afford the costly repairs, in addition to code compliance fines.

The ADA repairs budget, set in place a few years ago, allows the city to step in and help.

“That’s one of the things that our city manager and city council recognized a couple of years ago and said, you know, let’s go ahead and set aside some funding,” Perez said.

The city encourages people to report possible ADA problem areas by calling 311.

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