Designing Pedestrian Facilities for Accessibility [ADA Training]


Nov 09, 2017


Clemson University

202 Hugo Drive

Seneca, SC


Course Description:

Facilities in the public right-of-way (including walkways, ramps, curb ramps and turning spaces, crosswalks, pedestrian overpasses and underpasses and pedestrian signals) must be designed, constructed and maintained to serve all users. To meet the needs of all users, those involved with designing, building and maintaining infrastructure need a clear understanding of the wide range of abilities that occur within the population and the challenges in the public right-of-way faced by persons with disabilities. This course will identify applicable laws, regulations, guidelines and standards pertaining to accessibility for persons with disabilities. Requirements for ensuring accessibility in existing facilities versus work in new construction and alternations will be discussed. Design elements necessary for achieving accessibility in the public right-of-way will be reviewed. Best practices will be identified. A detailed handout will be provided, including resources on accessibility.

Specific Topics to Be Covered Include:

• Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) and Public Rights-of-Way Accessibility Guidelines (PROWAG)
• Legal Requirements
• Pedestrian Characteristics
• Pedestrian Access Route (PAR)
• Curb Ramps and Other Transitions
• Detectable Warnings
• Pedestrian Crossings
• Street Furniture and Parking
• Work Zones and Maintenance
• Accessible Pedestrian Signals

Who Should Attend:

The target audience for this workshop is local, state, and private sector personnel with responsibility for designing, constructing, and maintaining facilities in the public right-of-way. These include engineers (municipal and consulting), MPO staff, technicians, public works directors, street supervisors, crew leaders, landscape architects, and contractors.


The instructor for this workshop is Ronald W. Eck, P.E.. Ron received his B.S.C.E and Ph.D. degrees from Clemson University. He is Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering at West Virginia University and Senior Advisor with the West Virginia Local Technical Assistance Program (WV LTAP). He has been involved in traffic engineering, including pedestrian transportation, for over 40 years. He was a member of the Pedestrian Committee of the Transportation Research Board from 2008 to 2017. He authored the chapter on Pedestrians in McGraw-Hill’s Handbook of Transportation Engineering. He facilitates walkability audits and Walkable Communities Workshops for communities in West Virginia.


Class registration is from 8:00-8:30.  The class will begin at 8:30.  Lunch will be provided.  We should adjourn around 4:00pm.

Course Fee:

The registration fee for the workshop is $145.00 per person. All South Carolina city, county, or state employees receive a LTAP scholarship registration fee of $65.00. The fee includes course materials, break refreshments, and the noon luncheon.

This course has a maximum of 30 students, and will be capped at this number.  Advanced registration is encouraged so that an accurate estimate of the number of workshop participants can be obtained.  Workshops with low advanced registration will be subject to cancellation.

Payment Policy:

Payment must be received no later than 5 business days prior to the workshop.  If your registration payment is not received by then, you will not be guaranteed your slot in the class.

Cancellation Policy:

If you cancel your registration more than 72 hours before a class, your registration fee will be refunded, less a $35 processing fee. If you do not cancel before the 72 hour deadline your registration fee will not be refunded. You may send a substitute in your place, provided that you inform us of the substitute’s name no later than 24 hours before the training.  No-shows will not have their registration fee refunded.

If you have questions regarding workshop registration please contact Brittany Wirtz at 864-656-4383 or bwirtz@clemson.edu.