Annual Curb Ramp Program
City of Vancouver preps for summer Pavement Management with ADA curb ramp work
The City of Vancouver is beginning preparation work for its annual summer Pavement Management projects. During April through June, crews will start the first phase of this work by installing new pedestrian ramps where required to bring those corners up to current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.
For 2017, there are two ADA curb ramp projects: One related to streets scheduled for resurfacing and one related to streets scheduled for preservation treatments. Information about both projects, including a link to a list of intersections where work will occur, follows below. For all curb ramp work, drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians should be alert to potential delays, traffic control devices, lane shifts, rough grades at corners, and other construction-related activities.
Per the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), streets receiving treatments that are considered an alteration - such as the coming asphalt overlay paving, microsurfacing and cape sealing treatments - are required to be upgraded so that existing curb ramps meet current ADA requirements. In areas where ADA-compliant ramps exist, no changes are currently required.
Upcoming ADA Curb Ramp - Resurfacing Project
Contractors for the City of Vancouver began construction April 12 on the first of 96 new pedestrian curb ramp corners to meet ADA accessibility requirements. The ramp construction will affect portions of six Vancouver neighborhoods. The construction is expected to be completed in late June, in advance of asphalt resurfacing of an estimated 21 lane miles of street that will follow from July through September. The work is part of the city’s 2017 Pavement Management Program.
The work will begin in the Burton Ridge Neighborhood, where 24 street corners will get new ADA ramps. Other neighborhoods involved are: Kevanna Park Neighborhood, 4 corners; Cascade Southeast, 16 corners; Cascade Highlands, 40 corners; Mountain View, 6 corners; and Northwest, 6 corners. Click here to view the list.
The city’s contractor for the ADA curb ramp resurfacing project is Advanced Excavating Specialists of Longview, Wash. In general, work is expected to take place between 7 a.m. and around 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, but may run as late as 8 p.m. if needed. The work will include pavement cutting, followed by pouring of the curbs and ramps separately, and pavement striping and landscaping at some locations. No Parking signs will be posted 24 hours in advance of where construction will be occurring. Vehicles that remain on the street where parking restrictions are in place will be towed at the owners' expense.
Upcoming ADA Curb Ramp - Preservation Project
Contractors for the City of Vancouver will begin construction May 4 on the first of 83 pedestrian curb ramp corners to meet ADA accessibility requirements. The ramp construction will affect portions of seven Vancouver neighborhoods. Completion is targeted by June 30, in advance of pavement preservation - microsurfacing, cape sealing, and slurry sealing - along an estimated 115 lane miles of street this summer. The work is part of the city’s 2017 Pavement Management Program.
The work will begin in the Fruit Valley Neighborhood, where four intersections along Simpson Avenue will see construction of ADA-compliant ramps. In addition to Fruit Valley, this year’s preservation-related ramp construction will affect portions of six other Vancouver neighborhoods: Hough, Arnada, Esther Short, Rose Village, Ogden and Ellsworth Springs. Click here to view the list.
The City's contractor for the ADA curb ramp preservation project is Integrity Excavating & Construction of Battle Ground. In general, work is expected to take place between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, but may run as late as 8 p.m. if needed. The work will include pavement cutting, construction of the ADA ramps and curbs, and pavement striping and landscaping at some locations. Please note that ‘No Parking’ signs will be posted 24 hours in advance of construction. It is important to adhere to any parking restrictions during this work to avoid towing.
What is an ADA Curb Ramp?
Curb ramps help people with disabilities safely transition from a roadway to a curbed sidewalk and vice versa. A curb ramp is a short ramp cutting through a curb or built up to it. ADA standards require that curb ramps include “detectable warnings,” such a series of small domes that contrast in color with the surrounding sidewalk or street, which are added once the ramps are in place. The City is required to evaluate and add ADA ramps where needed as part of its Pavement Management program. Curb ramps are a small but important part of making pedestrian routes accessible to everyone.
If you have questions about the ADA curb improvements, please contact Chris Sneider, Pavement Program Manager in Vancouver Public Works at 360-487-8177.
If you have questions regarding construction work, please contact Vancouver Public Works' Construction Services at 360-487-7750.