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Justice Department will no longer supervise Bend's compliance with disabilities act


BEND, Oregon — After 10 years, the U.S. Department of Justice will no longer supervise the city of Bend's compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The Bend Bulletin ( ) reports the agency informed the city of the decision Wednesday, more than six months before the deadline for the city to complete work it agreed to do under a 2004 federal settlement.

Though Bend won't complete the remaining backlog by the deadline, the Justice Department determined the city has made acceptable progress.

The 2004 agreement resulted from a complaint that four Bend residents filed with the Justice Department.

Bend officials say they will continue to fix sidewalks and other infrastructure problems that make parts of the city inaccessible to people with disabilities.

Information from: The Bulletin,

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