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Old 07-29-2008, 03:37 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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We have these throughout our neighborhood, and I have always wondered what they are for? They aren't for mailboxes, as we have those and they are on a bigger piece of concrete; but I noticed some a new one today where a new house was constructed but where the sidewalk has been for over three years now...

http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c209/M2Repsol/th_SidewalkExtensions1.jpg (broken link) http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c209/M2Repsol/th_SidewalkExtensions.jpg (broken link)
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There must be some law or code requiring them, but as we live outside of the city limits it cannot be a San Antonio ordinance. Who knows what these are?!?

Cheers! M2
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Old 07-29-2008, 03:49 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Future site for a bus stop?
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Old 07-29-2008, 04:01 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Nope, they are all over the place and unless VIA is planning to stop on every street in our neighborhood (in some cases, several times per street), I don't think it is a bus stop. Heck, we don't even have bus service to our neighborhood in the first place! But I am wondering if they have anything to do with school bus stops???

Plus, I forgot to add, they are only about 10" wide and between 3-4' long...

Cheers! M2
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Old 07-29-2008, 04:13 PM
 
Location: The Ponderosa
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Hmmm, that's weird. Maybe you can call your city office and ask them. You do have the right to know.
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Old 07-29-2008, 04:14 PM
 
Location: South Central Texas
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Nope, they are all over the place and unless VIA is planning to stop on every street in our neighborhood (in some cases, several times per street), I don't think it is a bus stop. Heck, we don't even have bus service to our neighborhood in the first place! But I am wondering if they have anything to do with school bus stops???

Plus, I forgot to add, they are only about 10" wide and between 3-4' long...

Cheers! M2
They look like little wheelchair ramps.
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Old 07-29-2008, 04:25 PM
 
Location: The Ponderosa
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Sorry satx56 but I don't think they are wheel chair ramps as they don't go all the way to the street.
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Old 07-29-2008, 04:43 PM
 
Location: Mid South Central TX
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Hmmm...place for trash so as not to block the sidewalk?
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Old 07-29-2008, 05:04 PM
 
Location: South Central Texas
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Sorry satx56 but I don't think they are wheel chair ramps as they don't go all the way to the street.
Snake Ramps. Makes it easier for the critters to crawl out of the grass onto the nice warm sidewalk.
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Old 07-29-2008, 05:11 PM
 
Location: The "original 36" of SA
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OK... here's a guess:

To me, it seems that it would have something to do with accessibility - perhaps the sidewalk is being considered as an "accessible route". By definition, every 200', a "passing space" for wheelchairs must be provided. The big flaw in my thinking is that a T-intersection of two walks is allowed as an acceptable passing space, so unless you have HUGE lots, I wouldn't think you would encounter a 200' length of uninteruptable sidewalk. Though, now that I think about it, perhaps the driveway is not being considered as a "sidewalk".

Hmmm...
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Old 07-29-2008, 05:11 PM
 
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Great question. I haven't seen them before. It would be cool if this forum would help find the answer.
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