Pedestrian travel is a vital transportation mode. It is used at some point by nearly all citizens and is the main link to everyday life for many. Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) designers must be aware of the various physical needs and abilities of pedestrians. Accommodate this variation in design to allow universal access. The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) requires that pedestrian facilities be designed and constructed such that they are readily accessible and usable by individuals with disabilities. This chapter provides accessibility criteria for the design of pedestrian facilities that meet state and national standards. In addition to the ADA requirements, design pedestrian facilities using guidance in the Roadside Manual, the Design Manual, and the Standard Plans. Designers face multiple challenges developing facilities that address pedestrian needs within a limited amount of right of way. Designers must: • Become familiar with all the accessibility criteria requirements. • Evaluate all pedestrian facilities within project limits for compliance with ADA. • Recognize those features and elements in existing pedestrian facilities that mee
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