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City installs warning devices

Friday, November 18, 2011

This DWD, located at Jackson Street, notifies those who are visually impaired of their location. The bumps are similiar to Braille.
Brazil is working to make the city sidewalks ADA compliant by installing warning devices at certain intersections for the visually impaired or handicapped.

Scott Griffin, an independent contractor with the city, has been in charge of installing the devices.

"They're called detectable warning devices (DWDs)," Griffin said. "Any type of sidewalk repair you have now, these new detectable warning devices go in. They're for the handicapped and for the visually impaired."

According to Griffin, the DWDs have raised bumps, similar to Braille and notify a handicapped person of their whereabouts.

"Basically, they can take their cane across them and it lets them know that they're at an intersection" Griffin said. "There is also directional lines to let you know which direction the traffic flow is coming from and which direction you should head."

Griffin said the DWDs are put in at a .12-inch slope, or less, which is an ADA requirement to allow those in wheelchairs access to the sidewalk.

At this time, the DWDs have been installed on Jackson Street, and most recently Vine and Pinckley Streets.

"I like to consider this a test phase to see how these go, and then hopefully in the future the city will continue to improve the sidewalk systems," Griffin said.

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DWD's, really? What a waste of our hard earned tax money. How many blind people do you see walking down the street? Maybe that money could be used to fix potholes so a car doesnt careen onto the sidewalk and run someone over.

-- Posted by reddevil on Sun, Nov 20, 2011, at 11:41 AM

Why didn't anyone from city engineering or contracting have the foresight to incorporate these when the sidewalks were recently replaced/installed? Just another example of POOR MANAGEMENT (and no vision of the future) from city employees.

-- Posted by CAB (Concerns About Brazil) on Sun, Nov 20, 2011, at 12:13 PM

Ok, so I did some checking on these DWD's and turns out that these are required by Federal Law. Its part or the Americans with Disabilities Act 2004 section (in case anyone cares)Why I state this is because after reading the article, it did make it seem as if the city decided to do this out of the blue. I did make a point to drive past these new DWD's and I would have to say, I think they look great, they give just a little touch of class to Brazil......Well Done.

-- Posted by Citizen of Brazil on Tue, Nov 22, 2011, at 8:30 AM

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