Jonesboro Misses ADA Deadline

March 22, 2004 -- Posted at 7:25 p.m. CST

JONESBORO - The city of Jonesboro is currently under a lawsuit which mandates all downtown sidewalks and other facilities compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The deadline was March 14, 2005, but the work isn't finished. City officials blame the delay on weather, plus the fact that the contractor decided not to take the last phase of the project. Now someone else has to finish the work.

"Once you review the bids then you have to review a new contract with a new contractor which put us over the March 14th deadline," said Brian Wadley, Jonesboro Operations Director.

The city as already exhausted a six month extension granted to them last October. The rest of the city's sidewalks are supposed to be in compliance by October 2007.

Brian Wadley says those responsible for the compliance are appealing to the judge for another extension. Wadley added that if they are able to secure the extension, the extra time would be enough for them to finish the project.