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April 18, 2013

Courthouse construction will temporarily eliminate ramp for the handicapped

ENID, Okla. — The handicapped ramp on the north side of Garfield County Court House will be taken out as part of the parking lot construction, said courthouse superintendent Scott McMurry.

“There is no way for handicapped people to get in. They are starting (today) or Friday,” McMurry said.

The construction project is projected to be finished in one or two days, but in the meantime there is no entrance for handicapped people. McMurry said if a handicapped person needs entrance to the building, they should call the department they need to visit and work it out.

Construction is going well and may be a little ahead of schedule, in spite of the rain, he said. The project will place a horseshoe parking area on the north side of the building, enlarging the existing parking area and making the area safer. McMurry said it will bend around the clock tower and will be wider. No lawn will be removed, and areas of the existing parking lot that are not used will be returned to grass, he said.

The parking lot project was spurred by recommendations made by the Department of Homeland Security after a safety study done about four years ago. The new lot also will offer additional parking spaces.

County Commissioner Marc Bolz said earlier the parking lot was caving in and commissioners knew they needed to do something, but did not have the money to do it.

Plans show the entire parking lot positioned more to the north, with land that currently is parking lot repurposed back into the lawn south of the proposed lot.

Garfield County Assessor Wade Patterson said the plans will not add any square footage to the parking lot. He said they have been studying the project about eight years.

Staff Writer Cass Rains contributed to this story.

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