Upshur county commissioners juggle ADA plans
POSTED: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 6:00pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 6:14pm
Upshur County (Longview News-Journal) — Upshur County commissioners on Tuesday decided to change plans on features related to making their courthouse compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
During renovations, construction crews recognized there was a main support beam where plans called for a doorway to accompany an ADA-accessible ramp on the southeast corner of the courthouse, County Judge Dean Fowler said.
Because the county could not interfere with the support beam, commissioners opted to move the ADA-accessible ramp to the northwest corner of the courthouse, Fowler said.
Instead of the ramp being on the interior of the building, it will instead be on the outside.
The ramp will enter the building in an area that is a window on the basement floor going into the adult probation office, Fowler said.
Commissioners discussed the possibility of moving the adult probation office to the other end of the hallway where the ramp was originally planned. However, because there was not an agenda item to vote on moving the office, commissioners could not make the decision Tuesday.
Fowler noted the change in the ramp’s location will not delay the project’s completion date in October and said the contractor has guaranteed that the change in work will not cause the price to increase. Commissioners have allotted $395,000 to the project.
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