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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • One quarter-inch difference: ADA ramps being redone because of slight variance

  • A slight variance on a few handicapped-accessible ramps on North Main Street in Hannibal is making a big difference in terms of the official completion of the city’s sidewalk project.
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  • A slight variance on a few handicapped-accessible ramps on North Main Street in Hannibal is making a big difference in terms of the official completion of the city’s sidewalk project.
    Bleigh Construction workers were busy tearing out ramps on North Main Street and Hill Street on Wednesday after it was discovered earlier this year that their slope was off.
    “Basically our ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) ramps were off just a smidge; just enough they said we have to take them out and re-do them,” said Brian Chaplin, Public Works superintendent for the city. “ADA really cracks down on the right slopes, cross slopes and things like that for these projects. When they come in and do a checklist on these projects, if they’re off just a smidge that’s a no no.”
    How much were the ramps off?
    “When I say barely off, they’re a quarter of an inch off in 4 feet. That’s 1/16 of an inch in each foot,” said Chaplin.
    Chaplin can understand how such a small variance can occur.
    “When you form them up, they’re right,” he said. “It (variance) could be due to lots of different things. You might have some kid that walks by and steps on the forms and pushes them down just enough …”
    The problem was discovered during a final walkthrough of the project.
    “They actually have a MoDOT (employee) walk through it with an ADA rep,” said Chaplin. “When they check all your new construction, which are the cross slopes and ramp slopes, if they’re off just a smidge …”
    At the time city officials were crossing their fingers that the variance might be small enough to ignore.
    “We hoped they might be a little bit lenient on it. We wished, but it was off just enough to where they said we’ve got to replace it. I’m not going to argue it. Bleigh (Construction) was good about it, wanting to get in and get it done,” said Chaplin.
    The decision was made to wait a while before undertaking repairs.
    “July 4 was coming up and other festivals were coming up,” said Chaplin. “We wanted to hit it between July 4 and our next big stretch of festivals, and get it done and out of the way.”
    Chaplin says the work will not take long.
    “We’ll be done easily by Wednesday of next week. It’s an easy fix, it really is. It’s just the inconvenience of getting in and getting it done,” he said, adding that Bleigh Construction is paying for the repairs.
    Page 2 of 2 - No other problems were found along the North Main project area.
    “Everything else was perfectly good; all the rest of them were perfect,” said Chaplin. “I’ve never seen a perfect project.”
     
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