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  • Emergency preparedness for citizens with disabilities

    QUESTION: Michele, I read your Winter 2014 Indiana LTAP Newsletter article about a really thorough approach to keeping people with disabilities in mind when preparing communities for disaster emergencies and, in this case, severe snow storms or even moderate snow conditions. Can you share that on...

  • U.S. Access Board: Board Sponsored Study Examines Impacts of Rough Surfaces on Wheelchair Traffic

    A study funded by the Board was recently completed on how the roughness of pathway surfaces impacts wheelchair travel.

  • Is asset management a load of crap?

    Before all you software, equipment, and consulting companies that serve the public works market have a fit over that question, please: Let me explain.

  • 600 counties violate proposed EPA ozone levels

    Ozone is another word for the haze that obscures skylines when humidity and temperature conditions are just right. You'll have three chances to comment on EPA's plan to lower the ozone air pollution standard to 65 ppb or 70 ppb by next October.

  • Want help with elected officials? Ask IBM

    Suffolk County, N.Y., is using the company's Smarter Cities Challenge to solve an $8 billion problem created by Hurricane Sandy: groundwater contamination. Instead of money, though, IBM donates time and expertise in a full-court press on local officials to join in.

  • How FHWA spends its money

    According to the General Accountability Office, most Federal Highway Administration funding goes toward improving roads and bridges (64%). That doesn't leave a lot for the many activities required to plan and build safe roadways, particularly if they're also going to be used by bicyclists and...

  • Everyone should follow ADA guidelines for federal outdoor areas

    QUESTION: Michele, is it true that the Access Board has new guidelines for outdoor areas? I hope so! I’m a wheelchair user who loves the outdoors. —Kikki, Wyoming

  • Comments on full radius curb ramps

    I’ve received some wonderful comments concerning my full radius curb ramp post and would like to address a couple of them.

  • Winter weather forecast

    Bad news for public works departments nationwide: The next five or six months could be almost as bad as last year's polar vortex.

  • U.S. Access Board Releases Guidance on Playground Surfaces

    New guidance on selecting and installing playground surfaces is now available from the Access Board.