Crews poured concrete Monday for a new entrance ramp on the south side of the Boone County Courthouse.
The ramp replaces steps from Main Street to a sidewalk that led to more steps and the only public courthouse entrance and a police checkpoint.
People who used wheelchairs now have to use a steep, circuitous ramp on the east side of the courthouse that led to the basement and then ride an elevator to the first floor.
The new ramp is as wide as the southern courthouse entrance and slopes continuously from the doors to street level without barriers for wheelchairs.
Monday’s was the first of two concrete pours needed for the ramp, Wes Shaw, Butler Fairman and Seufert Civil Engineers inspector, said. Crews will replace a compass medallion that was in the previous sidewalk and install handrails after the concrete cures, he said.
Shaw was on site Monday as crews poured and formed the concrete. He estimates work may be complete in spring.
In October, county officials temporarily moved the courthouse entrance and safety check-point to the east side of the building for the duration of the project. It will return to the south side when the new ramp and related work are complete.
Temporary steps from the street on the south side of the courthouse had most recently been wood after a city downtown renovation and beautification project that began on Main Street in May 2018.
Planters and other elements that match the new downtown streetscape are expected to be installed on the south side of the courthouse entrance once the ramp is complete.