Accessible Exterior Routes and Surfaces

Thursday, November 1, 2018
2:30 PM Eastern Time Zone


This webinar will focus on scoping and technical requirements for exterior routes and surfaces. Presenters will review the differences between sidewalks in the public right-of-way, accessible routes, shared use paths, and pedestrian trails. Additionally, the latest information on accessible surfaces will be discussed. Participants will have a clear understanding of the important differences, overlapping provisions, and vocabularies of one of the most important fundamentals of accessible design.


Bill Botten Accessibility Specialist, Office of Technical and Information Services, U.S. Access Board

Questions for presenters:

  • Are ramps required at both the top and bottom of ramps? R407.6 seems to say they are, but I received a different answer from Technical Assistance. How far do you chase grade - 15' related to a curb ramp, but how far for a sidewalk? R304.2.2 What happens if you chase it 15' and it still isn't compliant? Help me better understand when handrails are required (R217 and R407.8). What are some of the most common misconceptions with PROWAG requirements? What causes the most confusion?
  • If a hotel property has a 10% to 18% grade slopes on the roads (mountainous) and the Owner wants to provide "stepped sidewalks" parallel to the road connecting the levels, are accessible ramps required to be provided? Is it acceptable to have a person with disabilities drive from point to point (top of hill to bottom of hill or to the varying amenities)?

Continuing Education Recognition Available

Certificate Credit hours
Certificate of Attendance 1.5
ICC 1.5
LA CES 1.5