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Stretch of Watertown’s Washington Street to be one lane starting Tuesday

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WATERTOWN — Starting Tuesday, one lane of traffic will be closed while construction continues on a sanitary sewer replacement project on Washington Street.

Washington Street will be open for one-lane traffic through the Winslow and Paddock street intersection.

Winslow and Paddock streets will be closed to local traffic only. Washington Street will remain open for one-lane traffic between Keyes Avenue and Winslow Street after work in this intersection is completed until 5 p.m. each day. Winslow Street and Paddock Street are expected to reopen to all traffic by Oct. 20.

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More ramps coming to Watertown street corners

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Dozens of orange construction cones have popped up at street corners this construction season.

It’s part of an ongoing effort to install ramps at street corners in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

But there are more of the ramps getting installed this year because it’s a busy road construction season for the city.

With four major street construction projects underway, 150 new ADA-compliant “detectable warning” ramps — a bumpy surface that allows blind people to know they’re entering an intersection — are getting installed this year.

The bumpy ramps cost $4,000 each. They are paid through a variety of city, state and federal funding sources.

City planner Geoffrey T. Urda said the city has focused on the program for at least the eight years he’s worked for the city.

“It’s important to make the city inclusive for everyone,” he said.

Thomas M. Maurer, an engineer in the city engineering office, said it’s been the city policy to install new ramps whenever the city completes a street project in order to meet current ADA standards.

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