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MBAKS Raises Concerns About Curb Ramp Installation Requirements

Posted on Nov 22, 2019 in:
  • Housing Affordability
  • Industry Issues
  • Advocacy

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is mandating that builders construct additional Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-compliant curbs. Where restorations or alterations are planned within the Seattle public right-of-way, curb ramps complying with the City of Seattle Standard Plans for Municipal Construction must be installed where the scope of work impacts the legal or marked crosswalk or sidewalks as identified by SDOT Director's Rule 01-2017 (also known as the Right-of-Way Opening and Restoration Rule, or ROWORR). The installation of the new companion ramp may trigger additional curb ramp installation obligations as identified in the ROWORR.

In response, MBAKS met with SDOT Chief of Staff Kristen Simpson to bring this issue to her attention. We are also drafting a letter to the SDOT Director on the issue and may consider legal guidance.

Contact Seattle Government Affairs Manager Aliesha Ruiz, 425.460.8204, with any questions.


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Photo courtesy Blue Sound Construction, builder; MaKe Design, architect; and Alex Hayden, photographer