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Designing, Building and Maintaining Compliant Curb Ramps

  • Feb 12, 2020 (9:30 - 12:30 pm CT; 8:30 - 11:30 am MT)

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The focus of the class will be curb ramps in the public right-of-way. Design elements such as width, cross slope, grade and surface necessary for achieving accessibility in the public right-of-way will be reviewed. The requirements for detectable warning surfaces at the base of curb ramps will be described. Facilities in the public right-of-way (including sidewalks, ramps, curb ramps and crosswalks) must be designed, constructed and maintained to serve all users. Curb ramps are considered the basic element of accessibility. To meet the needs of all users, those involved with designing, building and maintaining curb ramps need a clear understanding of the wide range of abilities that occur within the population and the challenges in the public right-of-way faced by persons with disabilities. This class will introduce the ADA requirements for the pedestrian access route.

  • Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) and Public Rights-of-Way Accessibility Guidelines (PROWAG)
  • Legal Requirements
  • Pedestrian Characteristics
  • Pedestrian Access Route (PAR)
  • Curb Ramps and Other Transitions
  • Detectable Warning Surfaces
  • Maintaining Accessibility


Ronald W. Eck, P.E., Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering at West Virginia University and Senior Advisor with the West Virginia Local Technical Assistance Program. He has been involved in traffic engineering, including pedestrian transportation, for over 40 years.

Target Audience

This presentation will benefit personnel involved in design, construction, planning, safety, civil rights, maintenance and LTAP.

NDSU Dept 2880P.O. Box 6050Fargo, ND 58108-6050