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Project elements that impact ADA accessibility

For each project element, technical requirements are provided to guide the design of accessible public facilities. Project requirements for ADA are incorporated in various discipline design manuals.

Refer to the Highway Design Manual for roadside design requirements.

Refer to ODOT's ADA Transition Plan during your project development.

Background and Reference

The U.S. Access Board issued its final rule for accessibility guidelines for pedestrian facilities in public rights of way (PROWAG) August 8, 2023. The PROWAG guidelines will become enforceable once they are adopted, with or without modifications, as mandatory standards under the Americans with Disabilities Act by the U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), or the four Federal agencies that set standards for the Federal Government under the Architectural Barriers Act. The USDOT and USDOJ are still reviewing these guidelines. The ODOT Discipline Design Manuals will be modified as needed when PROWAG is adopted by the USDOT and USDOJ in its final form.

Until USDOT and USDOJ adopt accessibility standards for pedestrian facilities in the public right of way, public entities have some degree of flexibility in determining how they will comply with the general obligation under Title II of the ADA to ensure their facilities are “accessible to and usable by” individuals with disabilities.

Select a project element below to learn more.

Contact the ADA Engineering Team

4040 Fairview Industrial Drive SE, MS 5
Salem, Oregon 97302
Fax: 503-986-3749

Program Contacts

Taundra Mortensen, PE, ACTCP
Senior ADA Standards Engineer

Pam Johnson, PE
ADA Standards Engineer