Sidewalk upgrades aim to improve accessibility in Craig
New sidewalks are being installed in several sections along Victory Way in an effort to improve accessibility throughout the city.
“One of the priorities this year for the city council was sidewalks,” Craig Mayor Ray Beck said.
To fund sidewalk improvements in 2016, the city applied for and was approved on a $7,500 grant from Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado.
The grant money will be used to address specific stretches of sidewalk brought to the city’s attention by the Northwest Colorado Center for Independence and Freedom From Isolation Group.
The city has allocated more than $100,000 for similar improvement projects in 2016.
Bruce Nelson, city finance director and interim city manager, said the city budgeted $114,575 in total for curb, cutter and sidewalk repair this year.
“There was a bid awarded for almost $15,000 — it replaces curb and gutter and sidewalk, which we’re responsible for,” he said.
Representatives of the Northwest Colorado Center for Independence walked the streets of Craig with members of city government on two occasions to eyeball the areas with accessibility problems.
Ian Engle, executive director of the Northwest Colorado Center for Independence, said he appreciates the way the community and city worked together to reach a resolution.
“From the get go and throughout the process it’s been a partnership,” he said. “That’s the part that really makes me feel good — we came in with this approach of working together to make this a more accessible and accommodating community.”
Beck said sections of sidewalk are being redone on Victory Way approaching Ranney and Lincoln as well as on the 400 and 500 blocks of Yampa.
“We just wanted to do our part and make sure that our sidewalks are accessible,” Beck said.
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