3 Improvement Schedule
3 Improvement Schedule
3.1 External Agency Coordinator
Other agencies are also responsible for pedestrian facilities within the jurisdiction of the City, including federal, state and county. The City coordinates with these agencies to the extent reasonably possible to assist in the facilitation of the elimination of accessibility barriers along their routes.
3.2 City's Schedule for Accessibility Improvement
The City will utilize three methods for upgrading pedestrian facilities to the current ADA standards.
Currently, the first and most comprehensive of the two methods are the scheduled street and utility improvement projects. The City maintains a five-year plan which outlines the ADA ramps to be upgraded as part of its street overlays. The City uses a Web-based pavement management system (PMS) to prioritize overlays. The PMS predicts the timing and level of pavement deterioration on various roads based upon the results of periodic pavement inspections. Arterials and collectors are inspected annually. Neighborhood roads are inspected every three years.
Assuming funding levels for ADA improvements remain constant, the City anticipates that all or most of the ADA ramps maintained by the City within the City’s right-of-way will be ADA compliant within 25 years, averaging about 200 ramps per year at about $6,000 per ramp. A table of the ADA ramps that have been installed in the last five years along with City’s overlay and ADA ramps projected for the next five years is included in Appendix C. This will be updated periodically.
The second method is the sidewalk and ADA accessibility improvement projects that are part of the City’s CIP. Projects will be incorporated into the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) on a case by case basis as determined by City staff and in accordance with the Active Transportation Plan and other planning documents identified in Appendix E. City Council approves the CIP projects for each fiscal year as part of the annual budget process. Funding is approved on an annual basis though most roadway projects require 3 years to complete. This means that funding for roadway projects is approved in phases, i.e. design phase, right of way acquisition phase, and construction phase.
As with the street improvement projects, all pedestrian facilities impacted by these projects will be upgraded to current ADA accessibility standards in the manner described in Appendix D. The City’s CIP, which includes a detailed schedule and budget for specific improvements, is included in Appendix E.
The third method is that the City will continue to consider and respond to all accessibility improvement requests, including requests for accessible pedestrian signals (APS), sidewalk improvements and upgrades to ADA ramps and pedestrian signals. All accessibility improvements that have been deemed reasonable will be scheduled consistent with the City’s transportation priorities. Requests for accessibility improvements can be submitted to the City. Contact information for the responsible party is listed in Appendix F.
3.3 Monitor the Progress
This document will continue to be updated as conditions within the City evolve. The appendices in this document will be updated periodically, while the main body of the document will be updated in three years, with a future update schedule to be developed at that time. With each main body update, a public comment period will be established to continue the public outreach.