ADA Compliant Walkway by FSS
The Americans with Disabilities Act (or ADA) is responsible for ensuring that people build or fix a pathway so it becomes an ADA compliant walkway. People with certain disabilities are disadvantaged if walkways are uneven or broken. If they use canes, wheelchairs, or electric scooters, it becomes nearly impossible for them to go over such obstacles. The standards that were established by the ADA even state that all electronic and information technology must be accessible to people with disabilities, such as the blind or hard of hearing. The same should be expected of those with physical disabilities and their ability to get around outside.
If you think you are exempt from needing to have an ADA compliant walkway, make sure you understand that the ADA standards apply to commercial and public entities that have “places of public accommodation”. This means that if you own property that is publically walked on, you have to abide by these regulations. Some of the examples of places that need to by these standards are locations such as assembly areas, medical care facilities, places of lodging, housing at places of education, detention and correctional facilities, social service center establishments, and residential dwelling units.
So when it comes to having to repair a publicly accessed sidewalk, you have to take all this into consideration. There are several ways you can level a sidewalk, but going with a cutting method tends to be the most precise. Florida Sidewalk Solutions can do this for you in the most effective, economical, and environmentally clean solution possible. Grinders are unable to reach the edges of a walkway which means it could still leave a trip hazard. And removing a sidewalk entirely and replacing it is costly. Our patented technology is sure to completely remove and trip hazards from uneven sidewalks, concrete walkways, and handicap access ramps, making them an ADA compliant walkway. A ‘trip hazard’, according to the ADA, is any vertical change of over 1/4 inch or more at any joint or crack. Since the ADA demands strict compliance, trip hazards represent a legal liability to our clients. Cities, school districts, hospitals, churches, shopping malls, universities, apartment complexes, and other large buildings are all extremely concerned with this liability. This means also having a slope of 1:12 on sidewalk panels and handicap accessible areas and why measurements have to be precise and leave non-slip surfaces so there are no more trip hazards.
Florida Sidewalk Solutions leads in making ADA compliant walkway something not only possible, but environmentally clean, cost-effective, and liability free. For any questions or consultations, call
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