In January 2005, the Board of Supervisors approved the Sacramento County ADA Transition Plan which identifies improvements to be made in the unincorporated area to improve access for the disabled community. The ADA is a Federal law which requires public entities to develop plans to provide accessibility along roadways and public facilities. The County ADA Transition Plan identifies and prioritizes disabled access projects such as curb ramps and sidewalks. The Plan includes over 1,800 project locations that will make sidewalks more accessible. The projects will be scheduled over the next 15-20 year period at an estimated cost of $68 million.
ADA related requirements are now incorporated into new roadway projects. In addition, Design Standards for curb, gutter and sidewalk related Capital Improvement projects now include ADA compliant elements such as curb ramps and audible pedestrian signals.
Bill Irving, Associate Civil Engineer