Make Public Right-of-Way Accessible to All Users: Americans with Disabilities Act
Synopsis of how public right-of-ways are covered by the ADA
Make Public Rights-of-Way Accessible to All Users: Americans with Disabilities
Access to civic life by people with disabilities is a fundamental goal of the
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA 1990). Public rights-of-way are covered
by the ADA under title II, sub-part A.
Title II of the ADA requires State and local governments to make their programs
and services accessible to persons with disabilities. Both ADA Accessibility
Guidelines (ADAAG) and Uniform Federal Accessibility Standard (UFAS) contain
technical requirements for the construction of accessible exterior pedestrian
routes that may be applied to the construction of public rights-of-way. In absence
of a specific federal standard, public entities may also satisfy their obligation
by complying with any applicable State or local law that establishes accessibility
requirements for public rights-of-way that are equivalent to the level of access
that would be achieved by complying with ADAAG or UFAS.