Accessibility Policy & Guidelines for
Pedestrian Facilities along State Highways
December 2005


This checklist has been developed to provide an itemized list of considerations that will help the designer to determine the best possible accessible facility or route.

Is the sidewalk width 5 foot (60”) exclusive of curb? If no, what physical constraint(s) exist to cause a reduction in sidewalk width?
Where sidewalk width is less then 5 feet, are passing zones (60" x 60") provided at intervals no greater than every 200 feet.
Is the sidewalk cross-slope no greater than 2%?
Is the vertical elevation difference between adjacent surfaces no greater than 1/4"? (for example stamped concrete, driveway entrances, etc.)
If elevation differences between ¼” and ½” exist are they beveled at maximum 2:1 slope?
Are sidewalks adjacent to steep slopes?
If yes, are handrails provided?
Are there protruding objects located in the sidewalk (ex: utility poles, mailboxes, signal poles, signs, etc.)?
Are all ramps free from obstacles?
Are ramps perpendicular to the curb?
Are the bottoms of ramps flush with roadway?
Are ramps placed at each end and in-line with crosswalk.
Are ramps (not including side slopes) located at least 2 feet (measured from inside to inside of crosswalk striping) within the limits of the crosswalk striping?
Are crosswalks perpendicular to the lanes?
If no, can they be perpendicular to the lanes?
Are stop bars located a minimum of 4 feet from the crosswalk?
Are pedestrian push buttons located 10 feet maximum from the curb and accessible?
Are ramp running slopes no greater than 12:1?
Are cross-slopes on the ramps no greater than 2%?
Are side flares sloped 12:1?
Is the minimum width of sidewalk ramps 40"
Is a level (max. 2%) landing area provided at the top of perpendicular and diagonal ramps?
Is the landing area 60" x 60"?
Do construction notes on roadway plans include Detectable Warning Surfaces placement?
Are ramps located to minimize pedestrian exposure to traffic?
Are ramps located outside of sump areas where ponding could occur?
If the project includes multi-use trails, is the ramp width equal to the width of the trail?
Median Treatments
Is the minimum median width for pedestrian refuge 6 feet from face of curb to face of curb? If no, what physical constraint(s) exist to cause a reduction in the width?
Is a 4-foot minimum clear width for pedestrian travel provided on cut through and ramped medians?
Are median ramp slopes 12:1 maximum?
Is a level area measuring 4 feet wide by 4 feet long provided when using a ramped median?
Driveway Crossing
Where the sidewalk crosses the driveway/entrance, is the cross-slope a 2% maximum?
At the point of crossing, is the driveway/entrance profile in fact the sidewalk cross-slope?
Accessible Pedestrian Signals (APS) (To be developed by OOTS)
Are pedestrian signals being replaced or installed within the limits of the project?
If yes, are Accessible Pedestrian Signals included?
Protruding Objects
Are any objects mounted to a fixed structure between 27” and 80” above the ground?
If yes, do the objects extend more than 4” from the fixed structure into the sidewalk?
Is enough detail included to construct all ADA features properly? (i.e. curb elevations, etc.)
Do plans include handicapped accessible Maintenance of Pedestrian Access plans?
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