Baton Rouge, LA – October 13, 2021 – The MOVEBR program includes 21 ADA transition projects totaling $10 million to help build a more accessible transportation network in East Baton Rouge Parish.
Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome said the MOVEBR program includes projects to improve existing pathways, sidewalks, ramps, crosswalks and associated facilities; all new capacity projects will be built ADA-compliant. The MOVEBR website has also been upgraded to improve accessibility.
Of the 21 ADA projects approved by voters, 10 are underway this year. These projects will transition existing pathways, sidewalks, ramps, crosswalks, and associated facilities into a more accessible transportation network for all types of users.
Work will include the rehabilitation of existing sidewalks for proper width and slopes, the rehabilitation of existing sidewalk ramps at intersections for proper slope, orientation and detectable warnings, the installation of some corner extensions to provide adequate ramp slope and reduce the distance for crossing the roadway, and the adjustment of pedestrian signal push-buttons to the proper orientation and height location.
The ADA projects below are under contract for design with work underway on Fuqua Street, Clayton Street, Fairfields Avenue, Chippewa Street, Winbourne Avenue and Beech Street. It is anticipated that the first ADA projects will be let for construction later this year.
- Fuqua St./Gracie St. Area ADA Transition Project
- Clayton St. Area ADA Transition Project
- Fairfields Ave. Area ADA Transition Project
- Chippewa St. Area ADA Transition Project
- Winbourne Ave. Area ADA Transition Project
- Beech St. Area ADA Transition Project
- Evangeline St. (West) Area ADA Transition Project
- Mohican St. Area ADA Transition Project
- Hollywood St. Area ADA Transition Project
“We’re not only building better to safely accommodate everyone, but we also upgraded the MOVEBR website so that it is fully accessible to individuals with a variety of abilities. You can visit our website to follow all MOVEBR projects and the progress of the program,” Mayor Broome explained.
Using a new accessibility tool, the MOVEBR website can be customized using a blue-and-white icon located on each page to display content according to individual needs.
For example, for vision-impaired users, the font size, color, contrast, alignment, and other features can be enhanced. The site can be adjusted for people with cognitive conditions such as autism or dyslexia, and it offers an ADHD profile that reduces distractions and helps with focus. A seizure-safe profile reduces motion, animation, and risky color combinations, and viewers with motor disabilities can set a profile to use the keyboard to navigate the website.
Learn more or sign up to follow MOVEBR’s ADA projects at: movebr.brla.gov/ADA.