Ste. Genevieve County Presiding Commissioner Garry Nelson turned to a trusted source to get suggestions on how the county can reconfigure its Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) grant for a pedestrian walkway over Progress Parkway.
The grant would have covered 75 percent of the approximately $400,000 the project was expected to cost.
As things developed during the past 15 months, county officials were leaning toward including an elevator to make the pedestrian walkway compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations. Federal guidelines demanding all steel in projects be American-made wound up sinking the elevator option and, in turn, the entire walkway.
The County Commission wants to reconfigure the project and still receive 75 percent of the cost of installing wheelchair ramps and a crosswalk with a stop light.
See complete story in the May 27 edition.