Student, parent raise concern with sidewalks
Teryl Hoffman-Figgins and her daughter Bryten Figgins are concerned about the sidewalks on the way to Estacada High School.
Particularly on Main Street between Fourth and Sixth Avenues, dilapidated sidewalks make the journey to school difficult for Bryten, a freshman who was born with osteogenesis imperfecta, a genetic disorder characterized by fragile bones, and uses a power wheelchair to travel to school and other destinations.
"It feels bumpy," Bryten said, discussing the stretch of sidewalk on the side of Main Street in front of Estacada Middle School. In particular, one large crack on that section of sidewalk causes Bryten's wheelchair to get stuck if she rides though it, so she typically rides on the grass in front of the school to bypass it.
Teryl added that the route in question sometimes makes Bryten feel sore.
"(With OI), every bit of a jar has the potential for microfractures," she said.
Last week, the Estacada School District repaved the sidewalks on the Estacada High School campus, which both Teryl and Bryten were happy to see.
"Seeing the walkways to the high school all torn up, leveled, and being repaired, was a great relief, and while there is a great deal more sidewalk (that needs work), it was wonderful to see them get a good start," Teryl said.
Meanwhile, the city of Estacada has applied for Special City Allotment grants from the Oregon Department of Transportation for sections of several Estacada streets, including Main Street between First Avenue and Second Avenue and Main Street between Fifth Avenue and Sixth Avenue. While the scope of work would mainly focus on the travel lanes of the street, improvements to the ADA ramps at street corners would be included if they are substandard.
If the city receives the grants, the work would likely take place in the spring or summer of next year.