Philly Is Spending All Its Money on Sidewalk Ramps

The bumpy part of sidewalk ramps in Philly that look like the underside of a bathmat are apparently expensive as hell. Thanks to a federal mandate, two ramps are installed at every corner of every intersection when other paving work is done. Each ramp costs $7,500. There are two at each intersection, so each intersection costs *carry the one* $60,000. There are 22,000 intersections, so the upgrades will only cost the city $858 million in total. None of the ramps installed in the ’90s meet current federal standards. The “truncated domes” (bumps) are for the visually impaired. []