ITD helping small, rural communities thrive
Like many small communities throughout the state, where the main street through town is also the state highway, Idaho Highway 48 rolls right through the heart of the small, rural town of Roberts before connecting with Interstate 15, so Roberts sees a fair amount of traffic on a daily basis. The town saw a need to begin rebuilding their infrastructure and came to ITD with plans to revamp pedestrian ramps that had begun falling apart.
The city of Roberts applied for ITD pedestrian grant program funds, and received $30,000 to replace pedestrian ramps throughout the town. Six ramps were reconstructed and updated to current Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) standards to improve access to pedestrians and individuals with disabilities for better accessibility to the sidewalks. The total project took three months to complete once funds were released - the final inspection was performed Wednesday (July 25).
For this small, rural community, this pedestrian ramp grant brought much-needed relief and helped ease accessibility concerns for pedestrians. ITD was able to work with the city of Roberts to fund this project and support the greater mission of safety, mobility, and economic opportunity.
The city of Roberts is just one of 31 cities receiving a grand total of $1,445,289 in ADA pedestrian ramp funding to improve 461 ramps statewide.