Milwaukee Riverwalk Cuts Ribbon on ADA Improvements

Milwaukee celebrates ADA improvements at its Riverwalk. Shown here is the view of the Miwaukee Public Market.
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Milwaukee celebrates bringing its Riverwalk into compliance with $5 million in ADA improvements.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, former Mayor John Norquist and business and community leaders recently celebrated completion of its Milwaukee Riverwalk Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Project. ADA improvements began in 2007 and completed earlier this year.

The 3.7 mile Riverwalk is now accessible from end to end with recent completion of five wheelchair lifts and four ramps as part of a $5 million ADA project.

According to the city of Milwaukee website, a 2003 complaint filed with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) led to 28 potential ADA violations.

The city, county and the Downtown Milwaukee Riverwalk Business Improvement District No. 15 entered into a settlement agreement with DOJ in 2006 to:

  • Construct and install ramps, walkways or lifts in nine locations
  • Modify, replace or install handrails
  • Modify existing curb ramps


When completed, the Riverwalk will be 6 miles long.

Read the original story in the Milwaukee Business News.

Learn more about Transportation Alternatives Program funding for ADA upgrades and other ways to get funding for transit paths:

How to Get Sidewalk Funding & Money for Bikeways, Transit Paths

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Andrea Fox

Andrea Fox

Andrea Fox is Editor of and Senior Editor at Lexipol. She is based in Massachusetts.