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The Basics Of Designing An ADA Compliant Asphalt Parking Lot

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 was established to protect the civil rights of disabled citizens and provide guidelines that allow them equal access to public places, including parking lots. Because there are more handicapped individuals in America today than ever before, business owners need to understand what makes asphalt paving companies suitable for their customers who require special accommodations.

Regularly checking your parking lot for ADA compliance inspection might help you avoid hefty penalties and lawsuits.

Action Construction Asphalt and Concrete can help you design an ADA-compliant asphalt parking lot. We have shared some important information below:

Basic Information about ADA Compliant Parking Lot

  • 5′ x 8′ minimum width per accessible stall
  • 10% grade maximum
  • 8″ – 12″ drop in level from one way traffic to accessible stall
  • The top of the ramp should be 6″ below finished grade and must be permanent
  • Total run for a single direction ramp cannot exceed 24″.

Why is ADA Accessibility Important?

If you have a business, you should make it as ADA compliant as possible for people with disabilities. If your parking lot doesn’t comply with ADA regulations, your business may receive a citation from the government agency responsible for enforcing these regulations.

Businesses who ignore them may also be sued by former customers or employees who acquired a disability while on the job and suffered because of their inability to park nearby.

The accessible spots need to have the following attributes:

  • A minimum of 5 feet clearance to the parking space, pavement wheel stops, and other objects adjacent to the parking spot.
  • A vertical clearance height of 114 inches should be maintained so that vehicles can fit underneath without hitting anything. This usually requires a sidewalk near the lot entrance to be brought down lower than regular grade or lowered below the existing grade if it is not too steep.
  • If there are multiple accessible parking spaces (to allow more than one vehicle in each stall), there needs to be at least one 6 foot wide access aisle next to each designated accessible space. The access aisle must connect with an accessible route or lead directly into the building’s lobby area for nearby businesses.
  • To accommodate both standard and van-accessible stalls, it is required by law that for every six parking spaces in the lot, one should mark a van-accessible parking space with appropriate signage. It means nine out of ten spaces should meet the requirements listed above under “designated accessible parking space.”

All businesses with parking lots, whether they are big or small, need to ensure that the ADA-compliant signs are being used. Not using proper signage can cause trouble for people with disabilities and business owners. Businesses should consider hiring a professional company to help design their parking lot, so it fully complies with ADA regulations.

Action Construction Asphalt and Concrete takes these regulations seriously and will help your business in Arlington, TX, comply with the ADA regulations. We are experienced in designing easy-to-use, functional parking lots that meet or exceed all regulations.

Get a quote for your ADA Complaint asphalt parking lot now!