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New sidewalk ramps will cost $676,260

Ever since I've been reading about the city's attempts to put more ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) sidewalk ramps in, I've sure noticed a lot of them with the bright-yellow rubber mats around Medford. There recently was an article in the Mail Tribune that said the city was going to pay up to $1 million for more ramps next year. I'd like to know if the city knows the actual cost for the latest round of ramps?

— Richard S., Medford

We've also noticed a lot of new ramps being installed throughout Medford, Richard.

To answer your question, Medford City Council recently approved a contract of $676,260 to Brown Contracting Inc. of Eugene for 123 ramps. The work will start Jan. 9, 2017, and end April 14, 2017.

Roxy Ann Rock, which installed 186 ramps this year, submitted the only other bid, of $710,595.

New ramps and replacement ramps will be installed throughout the city as part of the project.

Black Oak Drive, from Siskiyou Boulevard to Acorn Way, will get the most ramps with 23. South Holly Street, from West Barnett Road to West 10th Street, will get the second-most with 20.

The city has replaced older ramps that don't meet new regulations or that weren't installed correctly. Under federal law, the city is required to install the new ramps when it is going to lay down new asphalt on the street.

As a result, the streets with the most new ramps will also get a fresh coat of asphalt in the summer of 2017.

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