ADA Compliance: Transportation (P509325)

  • Category: Transportation
  • Sub Category: Pedestrian Facilities/Bikeways
  • Administering Agency: Transportation (AAGE30)
  • Planning Area: Countywide
  • Date Last Modified: 4/21/14
  • Required Adequate Public Facility: No
  • Relocation Impact: None
  • Status: Ongoing

EXPENDITURE SCHEDULE ($000s) 

FUNDING SCHEDULE ($000s)

Description

This project provides for both curb ramps for sidewalks and new transportation accessibility construction in compliance with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1991 (ADA). This improvement program provides for planning, design, and reconstruction of existing Countywide infrastructure to enable obstruction-free access to public facilities, public transportation, Central Business Districts (CBDs), health facilities, shopping centers, and recreation. Curb ramp installation at intersections along residential roads will be constructed based on population density. Funds are provided for the removal of barriers to wheelchair users such as signs, poles, and fences, and for intersection improvements such as the reconstruction of median breaks and new curb ramps, crosswalks, and sidewalk connectors to bus stops. Curb ramps are needed to enable mobility for physically-impaired citizens, for the on-call transit program Accessible Ride On, and for County-owned and leased facilities. A portion of this project will support the Renew Montgomery program. One aspect of this project will focus on improving pedestrian walkability by creating a safer walking environment, utilizing selected engineering technologies, and ensuring ADA compliance.

Cost Change

Cost change due to partial capitalization of prior year expenditures, partially offset by the addition of FY19 and FY20 to this ongoing project.

Justification

Areas served by Metrorail and other densely populated areas have existing infrastructure which was constructed without adequate consideration of the specialized needs of persons with disabilities or impaired mobility. This project improves access to public facilities and services throughout the County in compliance with the ADA.

Disclosures

A pedestrian impact analysis has been completed for this project. Expenditures will continue indefinitely. The Executive asserts that this project conforms to the requirements of relevant local plans, as required by the Maryland Economic Growth, Resource Protection and Planning Act.

Coordination

Maryland Department of Transportation, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Department of Housing and Community Affairs, Department of Health and Human Services, Commission on People with Disabilities, Montgomery County Pedestrian Safety Advisory Committee, Commission on Aging, Maryland State Highway Administration, MARC Rail, Sidewalk and Infrastructure Revitalization Project, Sidewalk Program - Minor Projects, U.S. Department of Justice