NJDOT ADA Transition Plan Update
The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) is taking a strategic approach in assuring state-owned highways and transportation facilities comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA.) While still in the initial phase of addressing ADA compliance on state roadways and pedestrian facilities, NJDOT has an implementation strategy to address any inadequacies. The first phase consists of counting and identifying each intersection on NJ state roads. In the second phase, missing curb ramps will be identified and installed. In the third phase, all other inadequacies including slope, and widths of existing sidewalks and ramps will be identified. The NJDOT is gathering this information to submit its 2010 ADA Transition Plan to the Federal Highway Administration this October.
The consulting firm, Michael Baker Jr., Inc. will inventory state highway mainline intersections to determine how many have sidewalk curb ramps. Utilizing a feature extraction process, recently collected photolog images will be analyzed to identify the curb ramps. The resulting data will then be loaded into the NJDOT’s on-line Straight Line Diagram with links to the photo ID that best represents each curb ramp. Baker will also configure the on-line system to enable users to click on a curb ramp feature symbol in order to view