Q. Firehouse Subs on Division Street in Davenport was supposed to open in February. Has there been a delay? -- Reader

A. Yes, there has been a delay in the opening of Firehouse Subs in Davenport. Natasha Wojcik, The Zimmerman Agency, said, "As you know there are many things that can cause a delay during the construction process and opening, and at this point all we know and are able to provide is confirmation that the Davenport location is tentatively slated to open on April 16, 2018."

Q. I am very curious to know why there is a small bump out section of concrete every so many squares where new sidewalks have been installed. Would someone please explain the purpose of these to me? – Jerry, Davenport

A. Brian Schadt, Davenport city engineer said, "These are provided, as required by the United States Access Board, as passing areas at a maximum interval of 200' whenever sidewalk width is less than 5'. Driveways may also be used as passing spaces but their cross slope must not exceed 2.0%."

Streets & Sidewalks

"New guidelines the Board is developing will cover access to public rights-of-way, including sidewalks, intersections, street crossings, and on-street parking. The Board is also addressing access to shared use paths providing off-road means of transportation and recreation."

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About the Rulemaking on Public Rights-of-Way

"Sidewalks, street crossings, and other elements in the public right-of-way can pose challenges to accessibility. The Board's ADA and ABA Accessibility Guidelines focus mainly on facilities on sites. While they address certain features common to public sidewalks, such as curb ramps, further guidance is necessary to address conditions and constraints unique to public rights-of-way.

"The Board is developing new guidelines for public rights-of-way that will address various issues, including access for blind pedestrians at street crossings, wheelchair access to on-street parking, and various constraints posed by space limitations, roadway design practices, slope, and terrain. The new guidelines will cover pedestrian access to sidewalks and streets, including crosswalks, curb ramps, street furnishings, pedestrian signals, parking, and other components of public rights-of-way. The Board's aim in developing these guidelines is to ensure that access for persons with disabilities is provided wherever a pedestrian way is newly built or altered, and that the same degree of convenience, connection, and safety afforded the public generally is available to pedestrians with disabilities. Once these guidelines are adopted by the Department of Justice, they will become enforceable standards under title II of the ADA."

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