Guidelines For Prioritizing Curb Ramp Retrofits Under The Americans With Disabilities Act

Each year, VDOT has to prioritize which curb ramps, out of more than 80,000, should be improved to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Some curb ramps are non-compliant; other locations need a curb ramp and do not have one. VDOT has a prioritization policy based on the functional condition of curb ramps, although details of its implementation may vary among VDOT districts and localities. Groups representing people who are blind or have visual impairments may have a different preferred method of prioritization from the local VDOT process. Interviews with representatives from such groups could provide information regarding the groups’ goals with respect to curb ramp retrofits. This information can inform VDOT guidelines for curb ramp prioritization in the future, including locations to prioritize. This study will provide guidelines for utilizing a curb ramp prioritization process to determine which curb ramps to retrofit in a given year. It will also establish program performance metrics based on the results.

    Project

    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $116335
    • Contract Numbers:

      116089

    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Virginia Transportation Research Council

      530 Edgemont Road
      Charlottesville, VA  United States  22903
    • Managing Organizations:

      Virginia Transportation Research Council

      530 Edgemont Road
      Charlottesville, VA  United States  22903
    • Project Managers:

      Ohlms, Peter

    • Performing Organizations:

      University of Virginia, Charlottesville

      Center for Transportation Studies
      P.O. Box 400742, Thornton Hall, D228
      Charlottesville, VA  United States  22903

      George Mason University

      School of Engineering
      CEIE Dept., MSN-6C1
      Faifax, VA  United States  22030
    • Principal Investigators:

      Zhu, Shanjiang

      MacKnight, Hannah

    • Start Date: 20190819
    • Expected Completion Date: 20210430
    • Actual Completion Date: 0

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01713864
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Virginia Department of Transportation
    • Contract Numbers: 116089
    • Files: RiP, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: Aug 16 2019 9:17AM