From late 2006 through mid 2007, most of the curbs at Pacific Beach intersections were jackhammered in order for concrete handicapped ramps to be poured. Now, in the southwest quadrant of P.B., one cannot help but notice the current project of replacing the handicapped sidewalk curbs with ones that include plastic yellow rectangles with raised domes. The yellow patches are bumpy and serve as a detectable warning to unaccompanied blind citizens.
Josh Freeman, a project foreman, explained that the curbs had to be replaced because they were one-eighth of an inch too high for ADA standards. According to a report to the City from Engineering and Capital Projects Department employee Patti Boekamp, the addition of the raised yellow rectangles is a federal requirement.
The cost of each uninstalled plastic patch is approximately $200. The cost of replacing each curb is approximately $3500.