City of Solana Beach applying for grants to ensure sidewalk safety for people with disabilities

In an effort to improve the accessibility and safety of city sidewalks for people with disabilities, Solana Beach is applying for funds from the Community Development Block Grant program. Council members on Oct. 8 approved the city’s grant application, which identified a dozen cross streets in need of ADA improvements.

Administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the program funds improvement projects in the county’s unincorporated areas and the cities of Coronado, Del Mar, Imperial Beach, Lemon Grove, Poway and Solana Beach.

This is the third consecutive time Solana Beach is applying for grants to bring city sidewalks into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The city received nearly $40,000 in funds from the program for the current fiscal year, plus more than $29,000 carried over from the previous year.

This year, the city identified a dozen cross streets along Acacia Avenue, Lomas Santa Fe, North Sierra, Pacific Avenue and Santa Rosita in need of ADA improvements. All 12 locations have vertical curbs with no pedestrian ramps.

Similar to last year, staff expects to receive about $40,000 in funds.