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Riverfront boat docks would be ADA accessible

Grant one of about 70 going toward project

DIXON – If a grant request is approved, people with disabilities will be able to use boat docks at Heritage Crossing if they are built.

The Riverfront Commission is applying for an Illinois Department of Natural Resources grant that would pay 90 percent of a $177,000 project to build floating docks accessible to boats, kayaks and jet skis.

The commission would need to raise 10 percent of that; it has raised $4,665. 

Initially, the estimated cost of the project was about $153,000, but the commission’s boat dock subcommittee reached a consensus Thursday to add items that would make the docks fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Adding ADA-compliant items to the project could save costs later and give the commission a better chance to get the grant, said grant writer Frank Rausa.

About 70 applications are expected for the grant, Rausa said. He did not report how many would be selected.

Officials from Sterling and Rock Falls, as well as organizations in Dixon, signed letters of support for the project, Rausa said.

Sept. 8 is the deadline for the grant. The subcommittee will know if it is awarded the grant within about 180 days. If a grant is received, the committee would get the money to build in about 18 months.

If built, the docks would extend west of the stone stairs at the center of Heritage Crossing to the Peoria Avenue bridge.


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