PRINCETON, WV (WVNS) — The main entrance to the Mercer County Courthouse on North Walker reopened to the public on Monday, July 27, 2020 with a new handicap accessible ramp.
The project debuted on the 30th anniversary of the American’s with Disabilities Act. Construction on the ramp began in the summer of 2019. During that time, the north entrance to the courthouse was closed.
County Commissioner Bill Archer told 59 News construction took longer than intended due to certain requirements that needed to be followed since the courthouse is an historical building. A mission to make the building more accessible to those with disabilities was one very close to Archer’s heart.
“My mother suffered a paralyzing stroke and she was wheelchair bound for the next 20 years until her death,” Archer recalled. “She couldn’t have access to this building by herself even with my power behind it, so it was the first project that I decided to work on to try to get this rectified.”
A special dedication ceremony for the ramp will be held outside of the courthouse on Wednesday, August 12, 2020.