Judge grants final approval to Portland’s plan to make sidewalks accessible to wheelchair users – oregonlive.com

The city’s curb ramp installation will dramatically increase under the negotiated agreement. From 2010 to 2015, for example, the city constructed about 744 ramps a year. Under this plan, the city will more than double that number each year. (Faith Cathcart | The Oregonian)

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Maxine Bernstein | The Oregonian/OregonLive

A federal judge Monday gave final approval to a $113 million settlement the city forged, agreeing to install or fix 18,000 curb ramps on Portland streets over the next 12 years.

Under the negotiated agreement, the city will install or fix about 1,500 curb ramps a year – doubling the nearly 750 ramps worked on annually now.

"This is a substantial commitment by the city,” said Linda M. Dardarian, who represented the plaintiffs in the case.

Three plaintiffs with mobility disabilities sought equal access to public rights-of-way for those who use wheelchairs, scooters, canes or walkers.

Dardarian said the settlement will give tens of thousands of people who now face restrictions "the freedom to move around the city.”

She praised the terms and [...]

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