ADA Improvement Program

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ADA Improvement Program
We are developing an ADA Improvement Program to implement the ADA Transition Plan by retrofitting and replacing existing facilities that are out of compliance with new accessible facilities. The ADA Improvement Program is included in the Six-Year Transportation Improvement Program as County Road Project 5850. The county has identified $1,135,000 to be available annually for ADA improvement projects. This amount is subject to change based on future revenues, leadership priorities and other factors. Approximately $100,000 will be set aside for citizen requests in case of an immediate need. This program will not include the expansion of the sidewalk network.

Projects included in this program will be prioritized according to the scoring system. When identifying projects, we will also consider elements such as:
  • Public requests
  • Estimated cost and available funding
  • Nearby projects
  • Safety
  • Grant opportunities
  • Construction timing
  • Relationship and anticipated benefit to defined centers and corridors
  • Right-of-way acquisition
  • Utility conflicts and coordination
  • Geographic equity
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You can report an accessibility issue related to sidewalks, curb ramps, driveway entrances or pedestrian push buttons located in the public right-of-way in unincorporated Pierce County.

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We will update our list of ADA-focused projects each year. The following three projects are identified in the draft ADA Transition Plan:

Under design
Gem Heights Drive East between 176th Street East and 168th Street East
A project to improve accessibility and sidewalk connectivity is currently under design. Construction is expected in Summer 2020. The work will include removing and reconstructing non-compliant curb ramps and sidewalks and adding new curb ramps where missing. This project will be funded by a Washington State Transportation Improvement Board (TIB) Complete Streets Grant and County Road Funds.

2019 construction
177th Street East and 180th Street East west of 38th Avenue East
The project includes removing and reconstructing non-compliant curb ramps to improve accessibility. This project is funded with County Road Funds.

Completed
C Street South
In 2018, new curb ramps and sidewalks were installed on C Street South to improve accessibility, sidewalk connectivity and access to transit. The project was funded by a TIB Complete Streets Grant and County Road Funds.