Provo High School students confined to wheelchairs will soon have access to all areas of the school now that the Board of Education has approved the construction of a ramp on the school's west side.

The ramp will be built on the back of the school's B wing, giving students access to the industrial science area, science building and the D wing. The district is looking into having a heating element installed to keep the ramp free of ice and snow.Phil Lott, the district's director of buildings/grounds and transportation, said the project will cost $20,000 to $25,000. It will be funded through a federal grant to remove architectural barriers.

The board gave administrators the go-ahead to let out the bid in the next week and then select the low bidder.

There are presently four handicapped students in wheelchairs at the school, but Kathy Hughes, director of special instructional programs, said the number will increase when more handicapped students are integrated into the schools and when students move up from the middle schools.