Where the sidewalk ends is less of a concern for Brazil than the amount of additional work necessary before the city's ongoing sidewalk project can reach completion.
Mayor Tom Arthur spent part of a rainy Monday afternoon assessing the status of the sidewalks on some streets in the city, conducting an audit to ensure Brazil's walkways are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by December of 2005.
A federal lawsuit was filed against the city on Feb. 8, 2001, because the sidewalks were not ADA compliant, and since that time, Brazil has worked toward refurbishing its existing sidewalks and bringing them up to the specified standards. While the first phase of the project is complete and $800,000 has gone toward the second phase, the mayor said there is still some work to be done before the end of the year. Curb cuts and smoothing uneven walk surfaces are two of the necessary changes.
"That's kind of what I'm doing now, seeing what needs to be done," Arthur said. "That's kind of what the audit's going to tell us."