Commercial Boardwalk Design: ADA Compliance
At PermaTrak, we frequently receive questions concerning boardwalk compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). As a boardwalk designer, I consult the ADA guidelines for horizontal gaps, vertical changes, boardwalk slopes, ramps, railing requirements, etc. on a daily basis. First for some ADA background information -
Specific Requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act
In 1991 the Department of Justice adopted the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards for Accessible Design. These standards required newly constructed and renovated places of public accommodation and commercial use to be designed in ways that prohibited discrimination on the basis of disability. In
2010, the ADA received revised standards
2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design
I thought it would be helpful to summarize the 2010 ADA revised standards related to horizontal gaps, vertical changes, walking surface slopes, railing requirements, etc. for those of us designing ADA compliant boardwalks, pedestrian bridges, and other structures for multi use trails.
I'd also like to post my answers to several common questions specific to PermaTrak and ADA compliance. As a new boardwalk system, these may be the first questions a designer new to PermaTrak may ask us:
- Is the entire PermaTrak system ADA compliant?
- Can PermaTrak's boardwalk system be used on applications where a slope is needed? If so, does it meet ADA requirements?
- What is the max slope you can achieve with a PermaTrak boardwalk?