October 29, 2019


John Tyler Community College Campus

800 Charter Colony Parkway

Midlothian, VA 23114

Contact Hours



Morning Session:

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.  Requirements for ensuring accessibility in existing facilities versus work in new construction and alternations will be discussed.  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.  The requirements for temporary traffic control and an alternate pedestrian access route when a sidewalk is temporarily closed for construction, maintenance or utility work will be explained.  A detailed handout will be provided, including resources on accessibility.

Afternoon Session:

Roadway construction and maintenance activities can temporarily close sidewalks and crosswalks.  Similarly, utility work, sidewalk repairs, building construction and other activities also affect sidewalks and crosswalks.  The traditional approach to temporary traffic control (TTC) has been to string yellow CAUTION tape around the work area and, sometimes, to install signs.  This is no longer acceptable.  The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Public Rights-of-Way Accessibility Guidelines (PROWAG) state that when a pedestrian circulation path is temporarily closed, an alternate pedestrian access route complying with the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) shall be provided.  The MUTCD states that “If the TTC zone affects the movement of pedestrians, adequate pedestrian access and walkways shall be provided.  If the TTC zone affects an accessible and detectable pedestrian facility, the accessibility and detectability shall be maintained along the alternate pedestrian access route.”  How can these requirements be met on the ground in terms of selecting and deploying detectable and compliant devices and ramps for an accessible pathway or sidewalk closure?

After a brief discussion of the relevant legal authorities (ADA, PROWAG, MUTCD), the workshop describes the challenges faced by individuals with disabilities as they travel in the built environment.  The basic requirements of the Pedestrian Access Route are reviewed, including width, protruding objects, cross slope, grade, surfaces and curb ramps/detectable warnings.  The requirements for the alternate pedestrian access route are reviewed.  Tools to minimize the impacts of construction/maintenance/utility operations on pedestrians will be discussed, namely: 1) phasing of construction, 2) utilizing detailed plans, 3) effective signing/communication and 4) effective barriers/barricades.  The session will conclude with an interactive review/discussion of various work zone scenarios and best practices.  Upon completion of the class, participants will be able to: 1) assess a TTC zone set-up for compliance with ADA/MUTCD and 2) design a compliant TTC zone.


8:30    Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) and Public

Rights-of-Way Accessibility Guidelines (PROWAG)

8:45    Legal Requirements

9:00    Pedestrian Characteristics

9:15    Pedestrian Access Route (PAR)

10:00  Curb Ramps and Other Transitions

11:00  Detectable Warning Surfaces

11:30  Maintaining Accessibility

11:45  Temporary Traffic Control and the Alternate Pedestrian Access Route

11:45 – 12:15 Lunch

12:15 – 1:00    I. Background and Introduction

  1. Legal Authorities (ADA, PROWAG, MUTCD)
  2. Challenges Faced by Pedestrians with Disabilities
  3. People with Mobility Disabilities
  4. People with Vision Disabilities
  5. People with Cognitive Disabilities

1:00 – 2:00   II. Basics of the Pedestrian Access Route (PROWAG)

  1. Width
  2. Protruding Objects
  3. Grade
  4. Cross Slope
  5. Surfaces
  6. Curb Ramps and Detectable Warnings

2:00 – 2:15  BREAK

2:15 – 3:30    III. Temporary Traffic Control—PROWAG/MUTCD Requirements

  1. Alternate Pedestrian Access Route
  2. Characteristics of the Alternate Pedestrian Access Route
  3. Tools to Minimize Impacts
  4. Phasing of Construction
  5. Utilizing Detailed Plans
  6. Effective Signing/Communication
  7. Effective and Detectable Barriers/Barricades

3:30 – 4:15   IV. Test Yourself—Discussion of Various Scenarios and Best Practices

4:15 – Adjourn


Ronald W. Eck

Dr. Ronald W. Eck, P.E., Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering at West Virginia University is a Senior Advisor with the West Virginia Local Technical Assistance Program (WV LTAP). He has been involved in traffic engineering, including pedestrian transportation, for over 35 years. He is a member of the Pedestrian Committee of the Transportation Research Board. He authored the chapter on Pedestrians in McGraw-Hill’s Handbook of Transportation Engineering. He facilitates walkability audits and Walkable Communities Workshops for communities in West Virginia.

Who Should Attend

The target audience for this class is municipal and private sector personnel with responsibility for designing, constructing and maintaining curb ramps and other facilities in the public right-of-way. These include engineers (municipal and consulting), technicians, inspectors, foremen, crew leaders and contractors.

Also, road agency and private sector personnel with responsibility for designing, installing and maintaining temporary traffic control zones in the public right-of-way. These include engineers (road agency and consulting), technicians, construction inspectors, street supervisors, foremen, crew leaders and contractors.

Registration and Payment

The following registration fees cover the session, all course materials and meals:

Local Government: $75.00
State/Federal: $125.00
Private Industry: $300.00

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