City to spend $2.8 million to become ADA compliant

Manchester City is required to implement an ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) transition plan, and it will cost the city about $2.8 million to become compliant.

Manchester City is required to implement an ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) transition plan, and it will cost the city about $2.8 million to become compliant.

As the state has mandated meeting ADA requirements, the Board of Mayor and Aldermen (BOMA) voted Oct. 1 to implement a 15-year plan, with a price tag of nearly $2.8.

To meet requirements, the city will have to spend about $2.8 million, according to Jamie Sain, codes director.

A 15-year plan would mean the city will pay about $184,588 for improvements each year.

City officials will prioritize and begin with the most needed renovations and projects to implement the plan.

The $2,768,813 total includes $977,350 for curb ramps, $1,546,788 for sidewalks and $244,675 for crosswalks.

BOMA will continue discussing details and come up with a list of priority projects.

According to Tennessee  Department of Justice, more than 58 million Americans (about 19% of the population) have disabilities and they, like all Americans, participate in a variety of programs, services and activities provided by their state and local governments. This includes many people who became disabled while serving in the military. By the year 2030, about 71.5 million baby boomers will be over 65 years old and will need services and surroundings that meet their age-related physical needs, according to tn.gov.

An ADA transition plan identifies barriers to access in programs and activities. The goal providing equivalent access to the maximum extent feasible.