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Calif. Settles Claims Over Sidewalk Accessibility

The California Department of Transportation has agreed to spend $1.1 billion over 30 years to make sidewalks, curbs and walkways more accessible to the disabled.

The agency announced Tuesday it was settling class-action lawsuits filed by Californians for Disability Rights and the California Council for the Blind.

The groups claimed sidewalks and park-and-ride facilities maintained by CalTrans lacked ramps and proper signals. They also alleged that many sidewalks had uneven or broken pavement or were too narrow.

Both sides agreed to a plan to fix and maintain 2,500 miles of sidewalks and lanes. The state also agreed to upgrade curb ramps when it resurfaces roadways.

The settlement was to be filed Tuesday in federal court in San Francisco and is expected to be made final next April.

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