ADA Compliance Rules
ADA Compliance Rules exist to protect both the disabled and non-disabled pedestrians’ rights in the event of an accident. Precision Concrete Cutting is here to help property owners return their concrete walkways and sidewalks to a state that is in line with the ADA Compliance rules. It is imperetive to deal with these types of problems as soon as they arise. Not just because of the risk of being liable, but to actually prevent harm to those who utilize the property. Being out of spec means a higher risk for someone to get seriously hurt. If such an injury were to occur due to a compliance issue, the owner and/or property manager(s) of the sidewalk or walkway would be legally liable for said injury. Additionally, inspections that reveal such violations, or the event of an injury to such, will result in heavy fines.
This is why it is so important for a current, or prospective property owner or manager to be aware of the ADA Compliance regulations. Read below to get a shortlist of the basic ADA compliance rules, but make sure to visit the ADAs website for a full rundown.
- Width of the Concrete Walkway:
There is both a bare minimum and a recommended threshold for sidewalk and walkway width. 3 feet – or 36 inches, is the minimum width permissible by the average portions of the sidewalk. Keep in mind, however, that this minimum is below the recommended threshold of 5 feet – or 60 inches- wide. If a sidewalk falls below this recommended threshold it will require additional passing spaces at least every 200 feet to allow pedestrians to safely move around each other. Sidewalk width requirements are especially important for wheelchair-bound individuals. For ADA compliance, the minimum sidewalk width is 36 inches (3 feet), though sidewalks can be wider.
- Pro Friction Texture:
Friction is the name for the idea that objects will cause eachother resistance when contacting and moving over eachother. Higher friction means things are less likely to slip, and slide, and thus less likely to fall down. Sidewalk texture needs to be pro-friction and slip-resistant. There can be no cracks or uneven areas, which leads us to the next item.
- Lack of Trip Hazards
A sidewalk or walkway cannot have a sudden height differential of 1/4″ or more. Over time, the land underneath the sidewalks becomes uneven as well as other factors like damages, erosion, weather, etc. If this height difference exists, it has to be taken care of with a repair before an issue occurs resulting in injury and liability on part of the property owner.
- Proper Angle of Slope:
A sidewalk Cannot Have a slope ratio of greater than 1:20 at any point or it is considered a ramp- which has its own set of rules.
- Curb Ramps:
Curb Ramps are required to safely lead into any sidewalk from areas like intersections. The ramps must be at least 3 feet wide and have a slope less than 1:12.
Precision Concrete Cutting offers a far better, and less expensive way than a replacement to fix your sidewalk and walkways bringing them into ADA compliance. Call today to learn how we can cut, shave and smooth out any uneven portion so that they fall into Sidewalk Compliance from the ADA.