Pierce County is developing its Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Transition Plan for Public Rights-of-Way. This plan will guide us as we bring existing pedestrian facilities—including sidewalks, curb ramps, pedestrian push buttons and driveway entrances—located in the public right-of-way into compliance with the ADA.
Pierce County accepted public comment on the draft ADA Transition Plan Aug. 1-30. Staff will now will review the feedback and submit the draft plan to the Pierce County Council this fall for consideration.
About the ADA Transition Plan
Pierce County is required to develop an ADA Transition Plan (Title II 28 CFR § 35.150) that outlines how Pierce County will bring non-compliant pedestrian facilities into compliance.
The plan includes:
How facilities will be evaluated and prioritized
How much it will cost to improve each type of facility and how the work will be funded
A timeline for improvements
Design standards and procedure improvements to achieve compliance for new infrastructure
The plan will be updated every five years to track progress, refine prioritization methods, and update program costs. Each update will include a public comment period.
An online open house that provides a high-level overview of the draft plan is available below.
We reached out to the public through public meetings, stakeholder groups and an online survey to determine which types of defects pose the biggest impact to accessibility, and which locations are most important for the public to be able to reach without barriers to access.