City’s Newest Curb Ramps making Intersections Safer and More Accessible

In the past six months, SDOT has replaced or installed 153 curb ramps at 31 locations throughout the city. These improvement projects are helping build healthy communities by adding or replacing curb ramps in neighborhoods that didn’t meet current city code requirements. Improvement project criteria for the locations focused on areas where people depend on walking to get around, and where there were no planned construction projects to make repairs. To support healthy travel choices and great public spaces, the proximity of the projects to schools, parks, hospitals, transit connections and commercial districts was also considered during their selection.

Project Quick Facts:

  • 153 new curb ramps
  • 31 intersections
  • Work completed 4 weeks early

 

Near Greenlake, new curb ramps and road paint provide a safe, accessible route from a park to Greenlake Way N

(Near Greenlake, new curb ramps and road paint provide a safe, accessible route from a park to Greenlake Way N)

Curb ramps are a critical element in SDOT’s commitment to deliver a safe and reliable transportation system that serves all of Seattle’s citizens.

By providing a sloped surface between the sidewalk and street level, curb ramps make it safer and easier for everyone to use the sidewalk and cross the street. They are especially helpful for those using wheelchairs, motorized scooters, strollers and bikes, and the sight-impaired.

As with all new projects, the curb ramps comply with the latest Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Accessibility Guidelines. For example, curb ramps are surrounded entirely by sidewalk, provide the proper slope to the street and use brightly colored (typically yellow) detectable warnings to make them safer for users.

Fremont Curb

(A busy intersection in Fremont now has a new crosswalk and curb ramps)

Together, well-maintained curb ramps, sidewalks, crosswalks, signs and traffic calming measures make Seattle a more walkable and livable city.

Curb ramps, sidewalks and crossing areas create a more complete pedestrian network. Improved signage and pedestrian beacons make crossings more visible. Traffic calming measures slow down drivers, and proper maintenance ensures today’s investments deliver a first-rate transportation system for decades to come. Each of these elements is essential for building healthy communities with safe access to the transportation system, healthy travel choices and great public spaces.

These Curb Ramp improvements are part of the Pedestrian Master Plan.