Rick Romano answers some of the mysteries of life in Wauwatosa and helps solve everyday problems.

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Is there a rumor you’ve heard that you would like to track down? Is there something in the city — like playground equipment or a pothole — that needs to be fixed? Rick Romano answers some of the mysteries of life in Wauwatosa and helps solve everyday problems.

Why don’t intersections in East Town have pedestrian ramps in both directions?

Issue: Our reader said anyone with a stroller has had to deal with not having ramp access both north-south and east-west.

“Out of curiosity, what is the function or design logic,” he asked.

Status: In a visit to East Town crossroads, we discovered a mix of fully ramped and partially ramped corners. The design seems to be an outcome of an old standard and current approach that changes will be made when roads are reconstructed. Two city engineering officials, Civil Engineer Jennifer Stilling and Marion Sodnik of the public works department said financial restraints prevent the city from immediately expanding the ramp configurations.

“This was brought to our attention by a visually impaired man,” Sodnik said, noting that he and former Director of Public Works Bill Porter met the man in one of the neighborhoods to investigate the issue.

Sodnik said the city is poised to make all corners fully ramped in the future to comply with federal standards. He said as roads need reconstruction, the city will install pedestrian ramps in both directions as part of the over-all project - so there will be eight ramps per intersection.

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