Courthouse Accessibility Project Moving Forward, Major Changes Begin Monday
The north parking lot has been closed to all through traffic and most all parking, with the exception of some handicap parking to make room for construction work to begin, likely on Monday, February 6.
The five handicap-only parking spots are available on the west entrance off of Main Street. The closure will remain in place until the project is complete.
According to project superintendent Ernie Kempf of Lebanonbased 3-D Professional Contractors, demolition work in the first floor men’s restroom and on the north end of the probation department cannot begin until a new handicap ramp is installed.
The new ramp was being constructed on Tuesday and Wednesday on the exterior of the courthouse, with an interior ramp expected to be installed by week’s end. Employee access card readers will also be relocated to the south entry doors in the coming days.
Kempf noted that utility lines are being located in the courthouse lawn before a construction privacy-type fence is installed around the work site, likely on Friday.
While construction to the men’s restroom remains ongoing, the women’s restroom will be used as a unisex restroom. The construction in the probation department will move an interior wall inward, making room for the installation of a new elevator.
The county received a release of funding aid on January 9th for the planned accessibility improvement project. The approved bid amount was $782,500, which came in well under the $805,200 budgeted. The bid included a stipulation that the project must be completed within 300 days of the start date.
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