ADA Transition Plan

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 is a civil rights law prohibiting discrimination based on someone’s disability. According to Title II of the Act, municipalities are required to have a plan to make accommodations for everyone. The City of Denton is committed to a city-wide ADA compliance. Beginning in September 2018, the City contracted with Kimley-Horn Associates, Inc. for the Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan. Field assessments for Phase I and II were completed in June 2021, and the draft transition plan has been delivered by the consultant. 

The purpose of the Transition Plan is to provide the framework for achieving equal access to the City of Denton’s Programs, Services, and Activities (PSAs) within a reasonable timeframe. The City's elected officials and staff believe that accommodating persons with disabilities is essential to good customer service, ensures the quality of life Denton residents seek to enjoy, and guides future improvements. This Plan has been prepared after careful study of all the City's programs, services, activities, and evaluations of a select number of City facilities. 

This plan provides the City of Denton a list of improvements that are required to be completed to meet current standards, recommended priority, and projected cost estimates. The ADA Transition Plan will be an integral component in the overall planning within Parks, Recreation and Trails Master Plan, the Mobility Plan, Denton 2040, and additional long-term planning in the city.

Self-Evaluation Reports

  1. Sidewalks and Intersections
  2. Parks and Trails
  3. Buildings

Phase I of the Transition Plan began in 2018. This phase included review of sidewalks, corridors, curb ramps, pedestrian equipment at traffic signals, and pedestrian street crossings and was completed in 2019. Kimley-Horn worked closely with Engineering and Public Works Departments. The results of this phase of the plan are being used to assist in developing the Mobility Plan, and staff is using a variety of funding opportunities as they arise to address the recommendations.

All 125 City-maintained signalized intersections  were documented and evaluated for compliance. Signalized intersection evaluations document the conditions and measurements along the pedestrian path of travel, which includes street crossings, curb ramps, sidewalk adjacent to the curb ramps, and pedestrian signal equipment and adjacent clear spaces. A summary of the signalized intersection evaluations and the associated detailed project reports are included in Appendix E3 of the report. 

The City of Denton maintains approximately 374 miles of sidewalk corridors, including pedestrian street and driveway crossings. There are approximately 7,500 curb ramps that exist at unsignalized cross street intersections and driveways and alleys along the City-maintained sidewalk corridors. All City-maintained pedestrian paths of travel have been evaluated for compliance with Public Right-of-Way Accessibility Guidelines (PROWAG) based on the conditions and measurements along the pedestrian path of travel, which includes the sidewalk, curb ramps, and pedestrian crossings at driveway openings. At intersections where existing sidewalk does not cross the curb, and curb ramps are not installed, no evaluations are needed. Locations where curb ramps are missing, but are required, will also be identified and included in the Transition Plan.

The City performs maintenance activities such as replacing deficient sidewalks and ramps, and signal and crossing upgrades. The Capital Projects/Engineering department also addresses ADA compliance when designing and constructing infrastructure projects.