ASC Paving Provides Parking Lot Paving With ADA Compliance
The Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA, is federal legislation that deals with the rights of individuals who have mental or physical disabilities. One portion of this package of laws deal with ensuring that the disabled have full and equal access to facilities that offer goods or services to the public.
At ASC Paving, we’re well versed on the many intricacies of the ADA and we can answer any questions you may have about this legislation and how it might impact your business.
You want to deal with a San Antonio paving company that will ensure your compliance with these federal guidelines, and we have several people on staff who know these laws inside and out. You’ll want to always keep in mind that failure to comply with the ADA can have significant consequences for you and your business, so it’s definitely prudent to adhere to this legislation and get things done right the first time.
When it comes to parking lots, the regulations are quite extensive and will definitely require some planning before beginning on the actual paving process. It’s fairly common for violations to be found with parking lots, but we’ll work with you to make sure that you’re in compliance with the ADA from the very start.
It may cost you a little extra in the beginning, but the fines and penalties for non-compliance with the ADA would dwarf those costs over time.
ADA Compliant Parking Spaces
We’ve all seen these handicapped accessible parking spaces when we visit retail establishments around San Antonio Texas, and in other areas of the country as well.
They’re typically marked with blue paint instead of white and include the symbol of a person in a wheelchair painted on the pavement, as well as a sign clearly marking it as a space for handicapped drivers only.
But there’s much more to being ADA compliant than simply taking the steps mentioned above. Other rules you’ll want to make yourself aware of and fully compliant with include:
- All handicapped accessible spaces must be at least 96 inches in width.
- They must be located as close as possible to the nearest handicapped accessible entrance to the building.
- The number of handicapped accessible spaces varies depending on the number of total spaces in the parking lot. Using round numbers, if the lot has 500 overall parking spaces, there must be at least two van accessible spaces and seven car accessible spaces.
Handicapped accessible spaces can not have a slope greater than 2.08 percent.
ADA Compliant Access Routes
The access route refers to the path between the handicapped accessible parking spaces and the facility’s handicapped accessible entrance.
There must be at least one accessible route for all public buildings, and it’s required that it’s as direct a route as possible. That can be a bit ambiguous and open to interpretation, but ASC Paving can help you determine the best and most direct route from the handicapped parking area to the handicapped accessible entrance of the building.
The ADA does not specifically require that access routes be marked with signage, but this can make it easier for people to maneuver through the parking lot. So it is worth considering, if this can be done in a cost-effective manner.
A few other things to consider when talking about access routes:
- A minimum of one access route is required for all public buildings.
- Access routes must be at least 36 inches wide.
- There can be no obstructions along the route. This includes things like bushes, vehicles, low-hanging tree branches and anything else that can prevent disabled individuals from reaching the building’s entrance.
If a sidewalk is located between the handicapped parking areas and the handicapped accessible entrance to the building, the access route is almost certainly going to cross it. Because of this, the sidewalk must also adhere to certain requirements to be in compliance with ADA guidelines.
These guidelines include things like slope, ADA compliant curbs and the removal of any obstructions like trash bins, bike racks and product signage.