Exterior Work Begins On Owen County Courthouse ADA Project
As construction crews continue to work on the interior of the Owen County Courthouse, excavating began this past weekend on the north lawn of the courthouse as part of the county’s Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility improvement project.
Owen County Maintenance Supervisor Sam Hobbs explained Monday morning that a new sump pump pit will be installed in the north lawn. The new system will help improve drainage for the lawn, catching more downspouts and feeding into a large drain inside the courthouse chiller pit, which is a large grated area on the east lawn.
The old wheelchair ramp will be replaced with steps leading to the basement’s exterior door, while a new ramp system will be constructed for the north entrance, complete with push-button automatic doors.
On the interior of the building, crews continue to prepare to install a new elevator shaft and elevator, which will be housed in the Probation Department’s north office. A back door will be included with the new elevator, which will allow those in wheelchairs to exit the back door into the probation department for easier mobility.
The east entrance to the building will be closed until further notice. Patrons are asked to enter the courthouse through the north and west entrances.
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