Title

AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT AND THE DESIGN OF HIGHWAY-RELATED FACILITIES

Authors

L King

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1993

Subject Area

operations - capacity, planning - standards, policy - disability, policy - parking

Keywords

Statutes, Standards, Road design, Physically handicapped persons, People with disabilities, Parking capacity, Parking, Laws, Kerbs, Highway design, Handicapped persons, Enforcement, Disabled persons, Disabled people, Curbs

Abstract

This article discusses how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) affects the design of highway-related facilities now and in the future. The background to the ADA legislation is reviewed, and the requirements of ADA (applicable regulations; applicable standards; facilities affected; requirements for provision of curb ramps; requirements for handicapped parking spaces) are discussed. Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards and Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Gudelines (ADAAG) design standards (design of curb ramps; accessible parking spaces; bus stop pads; and ramp design) are noted. Comments are made on future ADA requirements and administrative requirements of the ADA, as well as the enforcement of the ADA.