It seems so counterintuitive. A building as new as the one housing the Kansas City Health Department should already comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
But construction started Friday to make the building at 2400 Troost Ave. and the parking area more accessible to people with disabilities. Jeff Hershberger, a city spokesman, said the work will take about two weeks to finish.
It’s to tackle the slope of the sidewalk and front parking lot, which sometimes are challenging for people using wheelchairs, crutches, walkers or other mobility assistance devices.
The building was completed in 1997; the Americans with Disabilities Act, requiring accessibility, was passed in 1990. The work at the Health Department is part of ongoing construction on city buildings to ensure better accessibility for all residents and workers.