As required by Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and 28 CFR 35.105, the City is developing a Transition Plan to improve accessibility to pedestrian facilities within the City’s jurisdiction. As part of this effort, the City has retained an engineering consultant, Alfred Benesch & Co., to assist City staff in developing the ADA Transition Plan.
The City has developed a process for creating and implementing the Transition Plan. The first step in this process is to conduct self-evaluation by inventorying and assessing existing pedestrian facilities to identify access barriers to persons with disabilities within the public Right-of-Way. The inventory will assess pedestrian facilities along roadways, primarily sidewalks and curb ramps, to document what facilities are present and in compliance with the applicable standards or are needing to be constructed or improved to be compliant. Part of the self-evaluation process includes a public outreach program to gain public input on and help identify particular existing areas of concern. Public meetings will be conducted and user surveys will be distributed to provide information and solicit input.
The self-evaluation findings will provide the framework for developing the City’s ADA Transition Plan. Besides identifying the results of the self-evaluation, the Transition Plan will prioritize addressing the identified existing barriers and identify strategies for addressing them. It will also provide standards and guidelines for future improvements to the pedestrian network within the City’s public Right-of-Ways.
Currently, analyzing the inventory of existing pedestrian facilities is underway. A pedestrian user survey will be posted to the project webpage soon and distributed to City facilities, so be sure to check back.
We would love to hear from you! If you missed the Public Open House held October 5th don’t worry, there will be future opportunities to interact with the project team. Feel free to reach out to either of the individuals listed below.