Public Rights-of-Way

About this Rulemaking

Sidewalks, street crossings, and other elements of the public rights-of-ways present unique challenges to accessibility for which specific guidance is considered essential. The Board is developing new guidelines for public rights-of-way that will address various issues, including access for blind pedestrians at street crossings, wheelchair access to on-street parking, and various constraints posed by space limitations, roadway design practices, slope, and terrain. The new guidelines will cover pedestrian access to sidewalks and streets, including crosswalks, curb ramps, street furnishings, pedestrian signals, parking, and other components of public rights-of-way. On July 26, 2011, the Board released proposed guidelines for public comment. This proposal incorporates feedback from the public on previous drafts of the guidelines.

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Proposed Guidelines

Related Information

Guidance Material

The Board has developed information to provide a source of guidance on various aspects of accessible public rights-of-way until its guidelines are completed.  This information includes:


Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Policy and Guidance

For Further Information Contact:

phone:  202-272-0025 (voice) or 202-272-0082 (TTY)
fax:  202-272-0081

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