Public Right-of-Way Assessments

MTC helps communities make their public right-of-way more accessible for people with disabilities.

While the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law more than 25 years ago, there are still no enforceable standards for pedestrian facilities. Even without standards, cities are required to build and maintain accessible sidewalks and intersections.

Contact the MTC experts to help guide your community to an accessible public right-of-way.



Arapahoe County, Colorado

Public Right-of-way Transition Plan

MTC completed a PROW Transition Plan for this third most populous county in Colorado. Arapahoe County encompasses thirteen cities and has a population of nearly 600,000 people. MTC provided a PROW Transition Plan addressing the County's pedestrian facilities, in the public right-of-way, after assessing over 1,300 intersections and more than 700 miles of walkways. 

Introduction

Sidewalks, street crossings, and other elements in the public right-of-way can pose challenges to accessibility. The Access Board’s ADA and ABA Accessibility Guidelines focus mainly on facilities and sites. While they address certain features common to public sidewalks, such as curb ramps, further guidance is necessary to address conditions and constraints unique to public right-of-way.

The Access Board is developing new guidelines for public right-of-way which will address accessibility for blind pedestrians at street crossings, wheelchair access, and various constraints posed by space limitations, roadway design practices, slope, and terrain. The new guidelines will cover pedestrian access to sidewalks and streets, including crosswalks, curb ramps, street furnishings, pedestrian signals, parking, and other components of public right-of-way.

The Access Board’s aim in developing these guidelines is to ensure that access for persons with disabilities is provided wherever a pedestrian way is newly built or altered. Once these guidelines are adopted by the Department of Justice, they will become enforceable standards under title II, of the ADA. 

Evaluation

• Programs, Services, and Activities
• Program Accessibility
• Physical Access Overview 

Project Methodology

• Data Collection
• Quality Control and Analysis
• Transition Plan Development
• Equivalent Facilitation
• Milestones for Barrier Removal
• Best Practice
• Calculating Priorities
• Summary of Findings
• Recommendations
• Deliverables

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