The Kentucky Avenue entrance of the McCracken County Public Library is being redesigned to provide maximum accessibility for patrons with disabilities. The project, which began March 24, 2014, aims to extend the wheelchair ramp ratio into the parking lot to better comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements. In addition, a canopy cover will be installed over the ramp and sidewalk to shelter patrons from inclement weather. Two drains on the property will also be cleaned out and improved to more efficiently drain water during heavy rains.
As construction progresses, safety tunnels will be placed near the Kentucky Avenue parking lot to provide safe entry for library patrons. The City of Paducah will mark an area on the Washington Street side as a drop off zone for those patrons needing an easier entrance. Parking on Washington Street near the ramp cut-out will not be allowed.
Paul King of Peck, Flannery, Gream, Warren Inc. Architects produced the design for the new Kentucky Avenue entrance and took sealed bids. The contractor is M.P. Lawson. The renovations were made possible by Mrs. Helen Gore of Illinois, who bequeathed to the library a sum of $62,000 in her will with no limitations on its use. A memorial plaque will be placed in Mrs. Gore’s honor. The Friends of Library have also expressed an interest in providing financial assistance. The construction project will not hinder the library’s ability to purchase new materials.
According to the contractor, the project is expected to take three months. The library apologizes for any parking difficulties, but expects the new, aesthetic entrance to be beneficial to the community and worth the wait.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the project, you may contact Julie Hart, Library Director. Her contact information can be found at http://www.mclib.net/contact.