Newsletter: Changes Coming to Pedestrian Accessibility Standards

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Michigan communities will soon have to adhere to new rules with significant changes for pedestrian intersection crosswalks, including roundabouts, to maintain compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The Pedestrian Right-of-Way Accessibility Guidelines (PROWAG), published last August, provide a more relevant application of accessibility requirements to street settings than the current ADA guidelines.

PROWAG is a set of technical specifications to help designers create accessible routes along and across public streets. It is aimed at improving accessibility for pedestrians with disabilities and eliminating travel obstacles due to the lack of accessibility on sidewalks, crosswalks, and other pedestrian facilities.

“Keeping sidewalks and ADA ramps up to par is important so those with disabilities can fully utilize our community,” says Ron Mastriciano, superintendent for the Village of Onsted.

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