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Orange County Looks To Make More Sidewalks ADA Compliant

Orange County
The Florida Channel
Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

The Orange County Board of Commissioners is looking to update sidewalks to make them comply with the Americans with Disabilities act.

The commission votes Tuesday on a contract worth up to $2.7 million in construction over three years, but only the first year’s funding is guaranteed. Orange County has 3,000 miles of sidewalks that don’t comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The county has a long-term plan to update sidewalks, pedestrian paths and curbs, but it would cost $188 million to do all the projects.

The projects prioritize the needs of citizens with disabilities, as well as the proximity to areas where public and social services are provided. Check here to request a sidewalk be prioritized.

Health News Florida reporter Abe Aboraya works for WMFE in Orlando. He started writing for newspapers in high school. After graduating from the University of Central Florida in 2007, he spent a year traveling and working as a freelance reporter for the Seattle Times and the Seattle Weekly, and working for local news websites in the San Francisco Bay area. Most recently Abe worked as a reporter for the Orlando Business Journal. He comes from a family of health care workers.