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Progress made on making Capitol more accessible

October 3, 2021 GMT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Progress is being made on making the state Capitol in Bismarck more accessible to those who are physically disabled.

State leaders have approved constructing new bathrooms and making other renovations to better accommodate wheelchairs.

Over the next year, a meeting room will be made into three larger family restrooms which will be handicap accessible.

“Just thinking about what it’s like to walk around here if I were visiting the Capitol with little kids, there are not accommodating spaces to take kids to the bathroom. Other than to take them all into the women’s restroom or whatever,” said Sen. Erin Oban, a Bismarck Democrat, KFYR-TV reported.

There will also be wider doors installed for some meeting rooms.

Contractors will be hired in the coming months and construction will start shortly thereafter.