ADA: One step closer to ROW standards

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News from the U.S. Access Board:

More Than 600 Comments Submitted on Proposed Rights-of-Way Guidelines

The U.S. Access Board received more than 600 comments from the public on its proposed guidelines for accessible public rights-of-way by the close of the comment period on Feb. 2. The guidelines (PROWAG), which were available for comment for six months, garnered feedback from an array of stakeholders and interested parties, including transportation departments, civil engineers, government entities, disability groups, industry associations, and others. The Board also received feedback from the public at hearings held in Dallas and Washington, D.C.

The guidelines provide design criteria for public streets and sidewalks, including pedestrian access routes, street crossings, curb ramps and blended transitions, on-street parking, street furniture, and other elements. The specifications comprehensively address access that accommodates all types of disabilities, including mobility and vision impairments, while taking into account conditions and constraints that may impact compliance, such as space limitations and terrain. The Board will revise the guidelines based on its review of the comments and publish them in final form. The final guidelines, once implemented as standards, will apply to newly constructed or altered portions of public rights of way covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). They will also apply to public rights of way built or altered with funding from the federal government under the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) and the Rehabilitation Act.

Comments on the proposed guidelines, as well as hearing transcripts, can be viewed at Additional information on the rulemaking is posted on the Board’s website.



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Michele Ohmes

thumbnail image Michele S. Ohmes is an Americans with Disabilities Act specialist and wheelchair user who works with public works departments, facility managers, and contractors. Her design manual — ADA and Accessibility: Let's Get Practical — is available on CD-ROM through the American Public Works Association's Web site. Author's note: Michele & Associates does not render legal advice and has no enforcement authority regarding the ADA or other federal disability-rights legislation.