The Idaho State Capitol Commission is working to improve handicapped access in the newly renovated and expanded building.
Capitol Commission Chairman Andy Erstad said handicapped visitors wanting to see the entire building need help from security officers to access elevators reserved for legislators and state employees.
Erstad said the problem became clear to him last week as he led a tour and had a handicapped person in his group. He said Jan Frew, executive project manager for the Division of Public Works, is working on a solution.
“I appreciate the fact that Jan’s already all over that one,” Erstad said Wednesday during a commission meeting at the Capitol.
The commission is also dealing with other glitches, including problems with key-card access to various doors and a conflict with the Ada County Highway District over lowering the speed limit on State Street, which runs on the north side of the Capitol.
"For me, lowering the speed from 30 to 25 doesn't get it," said Commissioner Jeff Youtz, who said he wants State Street closed.
Overall, Erstad said, the opening is going smoothly. “I’m glad the punch list is dwindling,” he said.
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