Steve Meyer P.E.
Claverach Park Resurfacing
As part of the city's pavement maintenance program, Claverach Park Subdivision was scheduled to be resurfaced in 2013. However, for budgetary reasons, this project has been rescheduled for 2014. In addition to removing and replacing 2" of asphalt, the project will include upgrades to curb ramps and additional curb ramps in some areas. Not only are curb ramps required by Federal law, but they improve the accessibility and walkability of our neighborhoods. In total, there are over 25 requirements that have to be met to make a ramp ADA-accessible.
A consultant, Horner & Shifrin, was hired by the city to analyze the existing curb ramps, as well as how to most effectively serve the neighborhood with additional ramps. There are several factors in Claverach Park that made this particularly challenging. For starters, selecting ramp locations is much simpler when streets meet at right angles, like at Crestwood and Hillvale. Most of the streets in Claverach Park are curvilinear, meet at odd angles, and have islands in the middle. Putting ramps in the islands would shorten crossings (making them safer), but would reduce/eliminate landscaping in the islands. Claverach Park also has many mature trees, so we chose locations that did not impact trees. We also couldn't install ramps where there are currently storm sewer inlets or driveways, and we want to consider impacts upon on-street parking. In addition, there are steep grades in some locations, that make it impossible to meet ADA slope requirements. Ramps also shouldn't be installed where sight distance would prevent a driver from seeing someone crossing the street.
Questions are often raised as to why curb ramps are necessary. For an explanation, please see these videos posted by the U.S. Access Board. While they are a bit dated, and don't include all the current requirements, they provide real-life examples of barriers to those with disabilities.
Following several meetings with trustees and residents, the concept plan was revised, and engineering plans were created. If you would like to see the full set of engineering plans, please contact the Public Works Department.
The Wydown Boulevard Resurfacing Project has many of the same project elements, specifically the replacement of curb ramps, and the milling and overlay of the street. The Wydown Project Page has a video explaining the work in detail.
The Board of Aldermen approved a contract with Byrne & Jones Construction at the June 24th meeting. The Pre-Construction Meeting took place between the City and the Contractor on July 1st. A mailing was sent to all residents of Claverach Park on July 1st.
As was scheduled, construction began the week of July 21st. Ramp removal and replacement is currently underway. Ramp work will take approximately three weeks. Upon completion, approximately 2" of asphalt will be removed, concrete base repair will be conducted on an as-needed basis, and a new asphalt surface will be placed. The City is coordinating with Missouri-American Water Company to ensure repairs are completed prior to resurfacing. Further notification will be given prior to the milling and overlay via electronic message panels and on this page.
Last updated: 7/22/2014