Dipping into the Road Warrior’s mailbag today, we answer the following:

The question: Do you know what the gradual replacement with sidewalk corners has to do with? I’m talking about the yellow plastic squares with raised dots. Does this have something to do with the Americans With Disabilities Act? Thanks. Ryan, Santa Rosa

The answer, from Santa Rosa’s traffic engineer, Rob Sprinkle: Yes. ADA requires that any overlay or street reconstruction project also replaces the curb ramps to comply with the current regulations. These include the tactile or truncated domes that enable visually impaired pedestrians to know when they are entering the street.

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  1. Debra Lawson

    I am not visually impaired, yet I have to walk on these dangerous truncated domes going in and out of grocery stores and other businesses…Two years ago, I slipped and fell coming out of Safeway on Marlow Rd. on a truncated dome pad, one beautiful morning before work holding a very small bag of groceries. Falling, I skinned my knee, ripping a hole in my pants, bloodied my knee and wrenched my neck really bad. Safeway gave me a small stiped to replace my pants, and perhaps for the “pain and suffering” to help with all the co-pays to the Kaiser having x-rays, going to physical therapist, acupuncturist. For the chiropractor there were no co-pays, just out of pocket expenses. About 2 months after the fall, I went to a new dentist taking x-rays -he says, did you have a fall lately, as you have 4 hairline fractures on your front teeth. He had never seen me before, and I had not told him about my fall. My physical therapist says I shouldn’t run again and every time I ride a bike, my neck bothers me…all due to this fall on a pad that is for Visually Impaired people. I did call the manufacture and the City of Santa Rosa to be told that they are mandated and there is nothing that can be done(i.e., how can you sue the Government?) I’m just so thankful that my 86 year old mother or my pregnant daughter isn’t walking on these truncated domes in Santa Rosa. This is one of the most wasteful uses of money we have in our city. My recommendation to those “Non-Visually Impaired” people – Walk very far around them…that’s what I do.

    August 31st, 2010 11:31 am

  2. Sean

    Oddly enough though they provide an obstacle and annoyance to those in wheelchairs.

    August 31st, 2010 12:00 pm

  3. billie terry

    I have balance issues due to a disability and those truncated domes are very difficult for me to walk on. Not only that, but I recently a witnesses disabled senior citizen using a walker being forced to lift her walker at every step because nothing can roll over these obstacles! What does that say about ADA rules and regs.?

    September 6th, 2010 12:03 pm

  4. Terry

    I suffered a spinal cord 8 years ago, I have been in a wheel chair, then walker now I use a cane and I have to walk around those yellow dotes because I will fall because my leg drags. The sad thing is it is on the ramps used for wheelchairs, my friends and I have been stuck going up or down the sidewalk corners with those yellow dots because they stop you from rolling. Here is the situation with those dumb yellow dots. The Blind Association feels that they are the only disabled people, I have been to their meetings and heard them say it. They have lobbyist in DC that pushes their agenda. When they did an assessment for the need of those yellow dots, they only asked the Blind Association “the blind”, the government didn’t ask the disabled society in a whole.
    Another subject about the blind Association.. It’s sad to say but they get over $600 more a month than any other disabled individual. The blind Association pushed for a law that also allows the blind to earn $700 more a month, totaling $1695 before they lose their benefits. Why can’t we all be treated the same and push for common sense.

    February 10th, 2011 3:26 pm

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