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Accessible Path Fail: ADA Design and Construction Bloopers

Access FAIL!  Accessible Parking, YES: Accessible Aisle, YES: Accessible Route, NO!!

As an ADA Inspector for architectural barriers, the new construction BLOOPERS never cease to amaze me! Here’s a new 12′ wide accessible parking space with the required access aisle, correct location, and correct signage; yet no ACCESS ROUTE to the Hotel SIDEWALK!

By ADA law, the disabled person parking here should be able to access the hotel entry without having to cross traffic or travel behind any other parked vehicles. Rolling out into the traffic lane, around the planter, and through the portico is not the solution! The ramp down to the driveway pavement is on the other side of the palm tree planter. SAFETY is a key component to the ADA Standard.

SOLUTION: At no additional cost, the sidewalk could have been designed to ramp down from both sides to a flat landing to meet the access aisle.

ADA Accessible car parking space with an access aisle leading to a curb ramp at the sidewalk
ADA Accessible car parking space with an access aisle leading to a curb ramp at the sidewalk

A curb stop to prevent parked cars from encroaching the sidewalk prevents cars from encroaching an accessible sidewalk are not required, however, they prevent cars from pulling forward and blocking the sidewalk.

If you have any ADA BLOOPERS, please share! For any ADA Access questions, feel free to call. ¬†Susan’s cell, 407-310-3663