Ramping up: City looking at installing new curb extensions

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A city worker sprays water on a a roll of straw placed on Descanso Avenue in Ojai to simulate where one of the proposed curb extensions could be built. The straw caught fire Tuesday at 10:43 a.m., but was extinguished before the Fire Department arrived. (Ojai Valley News photo by Mike Dawkins)

Tiobe Barron, Ojai Valley News correspondent

While much-needed road rehabilitation work will begin in Ojai in less than a week after Ojai City Council unanimously approved an approximately $1 million construction contract with Toro Enterprises, Inc. Sept. 22, Ojai residents will have to decide whether they want regular Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-compliant wheelchair curb cuts, or if they prefer curb extensions at project intersections. Ojai Public Works Director Greg Grant included both types of curb cuts in his bid for proposals, and found that in some cases, curb extensions were actually less expensive than standard ADA-compliant curb cuts.

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