As a continuation of our previous newsletter which was directed at addressing building exteriors, here are some additional key features facility owners and business operators should know. These are just some of the key issues business owners should consider when making upgrades to the exterior of a facility or working to protect their business from vexatious litigants.
This accessible route has specific requirements which mandate adherence.
- Blended transitions:
- Detectable Warning – If an accessible route crosses or adjoins a vehicular way, and the walking surface is not separated from the vehicular way by curbs, railings, or other elements, a continuous 36” deep band of detectable warning surface is required. Detectable warning surface is also required within the walk-able surface of any curb ramp; full length of the ramp, excluding the flares.
- Pedestrian Ramps: Where pedestrian ramps are required, the slope shall be 8.3% maximum with cross slope 2% maximum. The width of the ramp is 48” minimum.
- Landing – Landing at the bottom of the ramp is required to be 72” long and as wide as the ramp if no change in direction; 72” long and 60” wide if change in direction.
- Landing at the top of the ramp is required to be 60” x 60” minimum. All landings are required to have a cross slope of 2% maximum.
- Intermediate landings (if required) are required to be 60” long and as wide as the ramp, if no change in direction; 72” long and 60” wide if change in direction.
- Handrails – Handrails (1 ¼” – 1 ½” diameter) are required on pedestrian ramps if the ramp slope exceeds 1:20 (5%)). Handrails are required on both sides of the ramp, continuous the full length of the ramp; 34”-38” above ramp surface to the top of the handrail. Handrails shall extend a minimum of 12” of level distance beyond the top and bottom of the ramp, parallel with the ground surface. Guide rail protection is required where ‘drop offs’ occur, either a guide curb which is a minimum of 2” in height on each side of the ramp, or a wheel guide rail centered 3” plus or minus 1” on each side of the ramp.
Much of this information was generated from the Federal website outlining Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines for Buildings and Facilities (ADAAG) http://www.access-board.gov/adaag/html/adaag.htm#purpose.
* Please note that these posts and all discussions of these posts are for instructional purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. This blog is meant to convey general information only. It is not meant to impart specific legal advice concerning legal problems or issues to individuals or other business entities.*