The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) requires that all public and private organizations providing services to the public ensure their facilities and infrastructure comply with regulations set forth therein. The ADA requires that a transition plan “identify physical obstacles in the public entity’s facilities that limit the accessibility of its programs or activities to individuals with disabilities.” In the first phase of Kentucky’s transition plan to become ADA compliant, KTC researchers inventoried sidewalks along all state-maintained roads in Kentucky to determine the presence or absence of pedestrian facilities. This sidewalk inventory was used to query Kentucky’s intersection database to achieve two goals: identify intersections along state-maintained roadways that have sidewalks, and determine the presence of curb ramps at intersections. Researchers performed quality control to ensure sidewalk and curb ramp inventories correctly characterized the pedestrian facilities that existed on the roadways. This process showed the error in the inventory to be approximately five percent, below the 10 percent error rate requested by KYTC. As a result of this project, KYTC now has access to a statewide inventory of state-maintained sidewalks and curb ramps that can serve as the basis for Kentucky’s ADA compliance transition plan.
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Souleyrette, Reginald R.; Howell, Brian K.; and Staats, William Nicholas, "KYTC Sidewalk and Curb Ramp Inventory for ADA Compliance" (2017). Kentucky Transportation Center Research Report. 1575.