ADA Transition Plan
ADA Transition Plan Overview
The American with Disabilities Act Transition Plan is the City of Redmond's commitment to providing equal access to all of its public programs, services, facilities, and activities for citizens with disabilities. The Plan was accepted by the Redmond City Council on March 28, 2017.
The Plan is intended to:
- Identify physical obstacles that limit the accessibility of facilities to individuals with disabilities
- Describe the methods to be used to make the facilities accessible
- Provide a schedule for making the access modifications
- Identify the public officials responsible for implementation of the Transition Plan
ADA Transition Plan Focus
The Plan focuses on:
- Transportation Activities (Rights-of-Way): Access to managed pedestrian facilities. This typically includes sidewalks, pedestrian paths, curb ramps, street crossings, driveway crossings, crosswalks, median crossings, public transit stops, and pedestrian activated signal systems.
- Buildings: Access to public buildings and services
- Recreation Facilities: Access to recreation facilities, including play areas, swimming pools, sports facilities, fishing piers, boating facilities, and golf courses
History of Redmond's ADA Transition Plan
In September 2015, the City hired MIG, Inc. as consultants to assist with the preparation of the ADA Transition Plan. The planning and public involvement process was completed over the course of a year and a half and consisted of several collaborative elements: park and facility assessments, public rights-of-way assessment, prioritization of deficiencies and development of a schedule to remove barriers. The consultant conducted an assessment of each City building and park facility for ADA deficiencies while City staff assessed all rights-of-way. These assessments were completed by fall 2016. The planning process also incorporated several aspects of public involvement to ensure the proposed priorities reflect those of community need especially among the disabled community.
The Plan development process consisted of the following phases:
- Phase 1 - Inventory: Surveyed all City buildings, facilities and rights-of-way based on compliance with the current 2010 ADA standards. All areas of non-compliance (barriers) were identified.
- Phase 2 - Plan Development: All barriers identified through Phase 1 were incorporated into the Plan. The Plan categorizes these barriers (understanding which barrier removal will have the greatest impact on improving access) and schedules the removal of these barriers based upon an established methodology. The draft Plan was available for public input prior to its acceptance by City Council.
- Phase 3 - Implementation: The Plan was accepted by Redmond City Council on March 28, 2017 and will be used by the City when determining which projects to pursue and in responding to barrier removal requests. It will serve as an important document for years to come.
Where's Carl? In the summer of 2016, Engineering Technician Carl Isham and Intern Chris Edwards evaluated every sidewalk and curb ramp in Redmond by measuring slopes, widths, obstructions, steps and gaps. It was a big job, but now provides the City with an inventory of the work needed to improve access in the public rights-of-way. If you would like to see the areas inventoried, click here for a map. The green dots show ramps that have been evaluated while the orange lines show the sidewalks. This information has been compiled into maps that show where work is needed to open up accessible routes to schools, parks, residential areas and shopping.
April 12th, 2016
City Hall - 716 SW Evergreen Ave
This meeting provided an overview of the current status of the ADA Transition Plan process and sought input into the criteria the City will use to prioritize the needed ADA projects. This meeting was geared towards stakeholders who had some familiarity with the ADA, disabilities and could contribute to the prioritization criteria. A larger public meeting providing an overview of the ADA, gathering public feedback of trouble areas, reviewing a draft City project list will be held in a few months.
Draft Plan Public Meeting
November 17th, 2016
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Presentation at 5:30 p.m.
City Hall - 716 SW Evergreen Ave
This meeting presented an overview of the ADA and requirements of the Transition Plan. Deficiencies found within City buildings, parks and rights-of-way were presented along with a draft project list to remedy ADA deficiencies throughout the City. The City answered questions from attendees and listened to comments. The meeting was an open house format with a presentation in the middle.