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Busy Corner at State and Randolph Soon To Be Accessible to Wheelchairs

By Kyla Gardner | June 27, 2013 5:16pm
 Construction crews are turning the sidewalk curb at Randolph and State Streets into a ramp to allow easier access for those with disabilities.
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CHICAGO — One of the busiest corners in the Loop is getting revamped.

Large construction fences have kept pedestrians from walking on the sidewalk on the northeast corner of the intersection of Randolph and State Streets since June 20.

The fenced-off area is directly in front of the two-story Walgreens at 151 N. State St.

Walkers should be curbside again by Wednesday, said Pete Scales, spokesman for the Chicago Department of Transportation.

The construction crew is making the sidewalk compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, said Sumit Construction Vice President Harendra Mangrola, which is doing the work. The curb — which was raised above street level — will now be connected to crosswalks by sloped ramps, he said.

The construction is part of a Department of Transportation effort since 2006 to reconstruct sidewalks, medians and alleys so the city can "reach its goal of becoming the most accessible city in America," according to the city's website.

Mangrola said Sumit will continue to remodel corners across the city until its contract is up in mid-November.