Newsletter: 8 Tips for ADA Compliance

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Smooth asphalt? Check. Proper concrete curbing? Check. ADA compliance? This is a question many property managers have trouble answering because of the nitty-gritty details that go into making sure your property meets all ADA requirements. Southern Asphalt Engineering always makes sure every project we are a part of is ADA compliant. But if you’re unsure if your past contractors have held the same standard, we’ve broken down what it means to have an ADA compliant property.

ADA Compliant Means Accessible

The easiest way to survey your property is to remember that it needs to be accessible to everyone. Here is a list of questions to ask so you can make sure that your property is accessible:

  1. Does your parking lot have sufficient handicap parking spaces in close proximity to the entrance?

  2. Are there well-maintained ramps for easy access to your property?

  3. Does your building have elevators for disabled guests?

  4. Are there well-maintained curb ramps and sidewalks at the proper locations?

  5. Does your parking lot have enough space for van loading zones?

Accessible and Visible

The importance of these accessibility features is not only that they are available but also that they are visible. All throughout your property, there should be clear signs of where your handicap parking and accessibility ramps are located. Here are a few things to keep in mind to make your property more visible and accessible:

  1. Parking lot paint striping over handicap spaces should be clear and well defined to let other guests know that these spaces are reserved and should not be blocked.

  2. Clear signs stating fines for improperly parking in handicap spaces should also be visible near the parking spaces.

  3. Signs directing guests towards ramp exits and entryways should be clearly marked so it is easy to get in and out of your building.

Southern Asphalt Engineering wants to help you have a safe and accessible property for your guests. We hope this checklist helped bring your property up to ADA standard. If you need help fixing your property so it is ADA compliant, Contact us or give us a call at 305-667-839 and we’d be more than happy to help.

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