Compliance with the ADA Rules
Compliance with the ADA Rules is something Florida Sidewalk Solutions strives to help every property owner achieve, what is the ADA?
As a Property owner or manager who deals with ADA regulations frequently, you may be seeking to know ‘what is the ADA? The Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA, is a federal law that specifies how businesses, public establishments, and government facilities must offer access to people with disabilities. Individuals with disabilities must have access to certain things, places, and people in order for them to function properly. Examples of who and what are usually enforced to adhere to these standards are public establishments, commercial facilities, and government facilities.
A sidewalk is a crucial piece of infrastructure that accommodates individuals using wheelchairs and crutches, but it can be dangerous for those using them. This is why the ADA has standards that ensure that sidewalks are accessible and safe for individuals using wheelchairs. To be ADA-compliant, sidewalks must be at least 36 inches wide and may be made wider. There must be passing spaces at regular intervals on all sides of the sidewalk, as well as a texture that is slip-resistant, firm, and stable. The material also matters. The concrete must be cut to the proper length and width, and it must be slip-resistant, firm, and stable. The way you finish the concrete is just as important as the length and width.
In addition, a sidewalk must have a slope of less than a ratio of 1:12 (meaning that for every inch of vertical rise there must be 12 horizontal inches). If you are constructing a sidewalk near obstructions, such as telephone poles, traffic signal cabinets or other utilities and infrastructure, that’s fine but according to ADA compliance: the sidewalk must be constructed to allow the minimum width requirement of 36 inches between the edge, and any obstruction of the edge of the sidewalk.
Whenever you are constructing or upgrading your property’s infrastructure, it is important to keep all of this in mind. Our processes make it so that you can keep the existing sidewalk while also repairing any trip hazards that may exist such as holes, cracks, or uneven paving. Instead of the commonly used grinder, we have the advantage of using cutters that cut edges and can produce a more precise cut where we want.
Florida Sidewalk Solutions is the company you should contact to get rid of obstacles on uneven sidewalks, concrete walkways, and handicap access ramps. We use proprietary technology to eliminate obstacles on smooth sidewalks, concrete walkways, and handicap access ramps. Call us at 954-514-7218 right now if you want to get started.