Other improvements

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Other methods to improve access

Along with the ADA Improvement Program, there are other programs that can improve access:
Pierce County Programs

Roadway programs
Some work to preserve roads, such as asphalt overlays, may change the crosswalks. Slope changes may require us to update the curb ramps.
Spot safety improvements
Some ADA access projects will be built because of requests from the public about specific access issues.
Traffic signal improvements
Traffic work includes replacing pedestrian push buttons so they comply with the ADA.
Sidewalk maintenance program
Sidewalks must be maintained to comply with the ADA. This work includes:
  • vegetation trimming
  • crack filling
  • grinding uneven surfaces
  • casting new concrete sidewalk panels
  • patching asphalt
Road improvement projects
These projects:
  • increase roadway capacity
  • increase traffic safety
  • add new connections
  • support economic growth
  • improve intersections
  • support non-motorized transportation
When a project alters a pedestrian facility, it must be made to comply with the ADA to the maximum extent feasible.
Other Programs

Developer changes
When private work alters existing pedestrian assets, the developer must make them accessible to the maximum extent feasible.
Work by other agencies
Utility companies, public transit agencies, the Washington State Dept. of Transportation, and nearby cities and counties may build or alter pedestrian assets within the Pierce County right-of-way.
Note:
We regularly review and improve design standards, policies, and procedures. This is to ensure new assets are compliant and don't require future changes.