Rt. 39 project includes ADA compliance

August 2, 2013
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Workers are replacing sidewalks at many Route 39 bus stops to make them in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as part of the bus improvement project, according to MBTA spokesperson Joe Pesaturo.

The Gazette learned of the replacement when it observed a new sidewalk being poured and concrete testing being done at the corner of South and Bardwell Streets. Pesaturo said routine testing is performed to make sure the concrete reaches the strength specified. The sidewalk replacement is to make it the correct grade to comply with ADA.

“This work is followed by line striping and the installation of new bus stop signage,” he said.

The Route 39 bus is undergoing several changes, including the consolidation of some stops and improved amenities like new shelters and benches and “bump-out” curb extensions. The project is meant to speed service and improve accessibility.

The project is expected to be substantially completed around Labor Day, Pesaturo has previously told the Gazette.

John Ruch contributed to this article.

Concrete testing as part of the Route 39 bus improvement project. (Gazette Photo by John Ruch)

Concrete testing as part of the Route 39 bus improvement project. (Gazette Photo by John Ruch)