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Sidewalk replacement along U.S. Highway 63 headed for Toledo soon

August 13, 2014
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Over 25 percent of the money budgeted for 2014 for sidewalk replacement in a state program is being spent in Toledo and Tama this summer.

While work is yet to begin in Toledo, Tony Gufftafson, Assistant Department of Transportation District I engineer, told The Chronicle to expect work to begin shortly. Workers were continuing to replace sidewalks in the downtown section of Tama last Friday, Aug. 8.

The work here is part of a long-range DOT?Program aimed at bringing all sidewalks and driveways adjacent to state highways in compliance with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act.

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This sidewalk area at West State at North County Road (U.S. Highway 63) shown in Toledo on Friday, Aug. 8, is one which is expected to be replaced to meet Americans With Disabilities guidelines.
Chronicle/John Speer

According to the DOT, the sidewalk replacement plan was developed "to help smaller communities of fewer than 5,000 residents that may not have the resources to meet the federal requirements on their own. Larger communities have a better opportunity to fund similar projects that will be addressed in the city's plan."

For Toledo, the cost is set at $180,000 according to DOT?spokesperson Andy Noonan.

In Tama, the price tag is $550,000.

Those amounts are out of $2 million budgeted state-wide for 2013.

According to the DOT, there were 18 intersections in Tama which required upgrades. In Toledo there are eight.

Traer is the other city included in Tama County. There are 15 intersections needing upgrades there



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