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Posted on: October 15, 2021

City of Gig Harbor Public Right-of-Way ADA Self-Assessment and Transition Plan

The City is developing an ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Self-Assessment and Transition Plan for the City’s public right-of-way facilities in compliance with federal and state law.

The City of Gig Harbor is committed to providing equal access to its public right-of-way facilities for all citizens including those with disabilities.

 

The City will focus its efforts on prioritizing existing curb ramp barriers within City limits for barrier removal. The City will also establish policies and procedures set by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT). The public will have the opportunity to comment on the draft Plan. 


Subsequent plan updates intend to further identify and address barriers in remaining City public right-of-way facilities (i.e., outstanding curb ramps, sidewalks, and driveway interface with sidewalks) City building, park and trail facilities, and City services, programs, and activities.

To satisfy the requirements set forth by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973,Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (CFR 28 Part 35), and WSDOT Local Agency Guidelines Manual (Chapter 29), this ADA Transition Plan intends to:

  • Identify physical and communicative barriers in the City of Gig Harbor’s public right-of-way facilities that limit the accessibility of its programs, services, or activities to individuals with disabilities; 
  • Describe the methods to be used to make the facilities, programs, services, or activities accessible;
  • Provide a schedule for making necessary modifications to provide better access and achieve compliance; and
  • Identify the public official(s) responsible for implementation of the plan. 

The City of Gig Harbor’s Public ADA Notice provides more information on the precedent for ADA compliance and the City’s legal responsibilities. 

Project Schedule

The City of Gig Harbor has contracted civil engineering firm Transportation Solutions, Inc., to complete the ADA Transition Plan for the Public Right-of-Way by the end of 2021. 


August 2021: 

  • Project Kick-off. 
  • Review/evaluate/validate existing curb ramp inventory for level of ADA compliance. 
  • Review/evaluate City’s ADA public notice, policies, and procedures.

September 2021: 

  • Develop prioritization criteria for identified curb ramp barriers. 
  • Refine removal prioritization criteria based on input from city staff, members of the ADA community, and other stakeholders.

October 2021: 

  • Prioritize identified curb ramp barriers giving special attention to barriers located near transit routes and Places of Local Interest as identified in the  City’s Comprehensive Plan. 
  • Develop a financial plan and implementation schedule for removal of curb ramp barriers. Identify outstanding public right-of-way facilities to be evaluated in future Plan updates. 
  • Launch Online Public Curb Ramp Barrier Survey (October 15).

November 2021:

  • Submit Draft ADA Transition Plan to Gig Harbor Public Works Committee for review/comment (November 09).
  • Present Draft ADA Transition Plan to Gig Harbor City Council for review and public comment (November 22).
  • Close Online Public Curb Ramp Barrier Survey (November 30).     

December 2021:

  • Revise and provide Final ADA Transition Plan to Gig Harbor City Council for Adoption (December 13). 

How Can You Be Involved? 

Have an idea about how to make the City of Gig Harbor’s public right-of-way facilities more accessible to people with limited mobility, vision, hearing, or cognitive disabilities? Here are ways to let us know!

  • Report Curb Barriers via our Online Survey to let us know where you experience physical barriers in the City’s public right-of-way (October 15 - November 30). For map-enabled survey, you may report one barrier location per survey. To report additional barriers, you are welcome to repeat the survey multiple times. 
  • Map-enabled survey available here. Screen-reader-friendly survey available here
  • Provide input on the Draft Plan via email to ADACoordinator@gigharborwa.gov during the public comment period (November 10-30). You can access the Draft Plan via the Documents section below.
  • Provide public comment at the City Council Meeting on November 22 at 5:30pm. Zoom Meeting Link: https://zoom.us/j/93216056382 

The City would especially value input from:

  • Individuals with disabilities;
  • Senior citizens;
  • Individuals that encounter accessibility barriers such as parents/family members/friends of individuals with disabilities;
  • Members of groups that provide services or transportation to individuals with disabilities; 
  • Individuals with experience and knowledge of ADA planning and requirements; 
  • Interested Gig Harbor residents.
  • Individuals with experience and knowledge of ADA planning and requirements; 

  • Interested Gig Harbor residents.

City Staff Contacts

For questions regarding the ADA Transition Plan, please contact:

 

ADA Transition Plan Project Manager

Aaron Hulst, Senior Engineer

3510 Grandview Street

Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Phone: 253-851-6170 

Washington Telecommunication Relay Services: 7-1-1 

Email: Ahulst@gigharborwa.gov

 

To request an alternative format or accommodation, please contact:

 

Jeff Langhelm, ADA Coordinator, Public Works Director

3510 Grandview Street

Gig Harbor, WA 98335

253-851-6170

Washington Telecommunication Relay Services: 7-1-1

Email: ADACoordinator@gigharborwa.gov

Other ADA Resources

 

To submit a grievance using Microsoft Word, please click here. To submit a grievance using a PDF fillable form, please click here.

 

For persons with hearing or speech disabilities, please use the Washington Telecommunication Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or the following numbers for specific communications methods:

Documents

The Draft ADA Transition Plan and Appendices are posted below. This draft is now available for public comment before the final draft is submitted to City Council.


City of Gig Harbor ADA Self-Valuation and Transition Plan (November 2021)

Recent/Annual Accomplishments 

Currently, the City is addressing the items under October 2021 of the Project Schedule above.

 

Upon acceptance of the ADA Transition Plan by the City of Gig Harbor City Council in 2021, the City will provide progress updates to demonstrate where barriers to accessibility have been removed from the public right-of-way in accordance with the ADA Transition Plan. 

 


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