MDOT project to make sidewalks more wheelchair friendly - WNEM TV 5

MDOT project to make sidewalks more wheelchair friendly

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ST. CHARLES, MI (WNEM) -

Crews will make driving tougher than usual in one Mid-Michigan community for about a month. 

The project runs right through the middle of St. Charles.  

Part of the big Michigan Department of Transportation project going on in the community includes widening sidewalk curb cuts. It's to keep in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Now it will be easier for residents in wheelchairs to use the sidewalk to go to places like the local park. 

The road barrels littering the town means there will be single-lane closures on M-52 in both directions during the month-long project. 

"It's hard for some of these people in wheelchairs to move around, if they've got to jump a curb you know. I've helped people before in some places where they've got to get in a wheelchair," said Lavern Spolarich, of Chesaning.

MDOT said when crews are finished the project will improve road quality and increase safety.  Until then, motorists and residents will have to put up with the delays and the noise.

"Well, I guess if I were disabled I would be thrilled that they're doing this so as we become older we can become those people and that's fine, we'll just have to learn to be patient," said Lorna Roka, of St. Charles.

The project is scheduled to be finished by Friday, July 18.

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