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Fri May 11, 2018, 11:55 PM

Portland to settle with wheelchair users for $113 million in sidewalk fixes

Portland is preparing to settle a class action legal dispute with mobility-disabled residents by agreeing to upgrade more than 16,000 sidewalk ramps at a cost of $113 million over the next 12 years.

The settlement, if approved Wednesday by the City Council, promises to change how Portland builds and maintains sidewalks changes that are likely to affect wide swaths of the city as sidewalk improvements are made. For example, the city pledged to create 1,500 curb cuts a year, more than double the current rate of about 700 a year.

Copies of the settlement proposal and a projection of its financial impact were released Thursday to The Oregonian/OregonLive in response to a public records request. The projected cost of upgrading sidewalks is $113 million, or about $10 million a year.

The financial statement notes that the city is short on the settlement liability by $52 million. A spokesman for Mayor Ted Wheeler said the city has multiple funding sources to draw upon to meet the settlement liability, adding that a financing plan is still under development.

Read more: http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2018/05/portland_to_settle_with_wheelc.html

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Sat May 12, 2018, 12:24 AM

1. Good. nt

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Sat May 12, 2018, 02:43 PM

2. K&R.

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