The overall goal for an ADA transition plan is to provide access to all. As such, the city has developed a draft plan to make roads, sidewalks and trails more accessible, as outlined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Click here to learn more about ADA.
The transition plan provides a better understanding of the Bloomington assets in the right-of-way. It includes pedestrian ramps with truncated domes to audible pedestrian signals and even obstructions like power poles in the sidewalk. It will also help us develop our investment priorities in the future.
City Council approved the plan at their November 7, 2016 meeting.
The above infographic depicts information and data relating to the City of Bloomington's draft plan to make roads, sidewalks and trails more accessible, as outlined by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The top heading says, "ADA Right of Way Transition Plan: Provide access to all."
A block of text describes a Right of Way area as follows: "It includes pedestrian ramps with truncated domes to audible pedestrian signals (APS) and even obstructions lie power poses in the sidewalk. The Transition Plan reviews and develops the City's policies, practices and programs involving upgrades to public rights-of-way."
An adjacent block of text asks, "Think this doesn't apply to you? Think again." Beneath the text, a statistic; 70-80% of the population will experience a disability that restricts mobility at least once in their lifetime. Additionally, a block text below described, “Ever broken a leg, had knee surgery or otherwise been hampered with your mobility? Then this plan applies to you.”
A banner follows with the words, "City of Bloomington," followed by a graph showing that 3 of Bloomington's 62 traffic signals provided audible pedestrian signals as of 2015, and then a pie chart showing that 17.1% of sidewalk tripping hazards were repaired in 2015, with an additional 19.% in 2016, leaving 63.6% of repairs incomplete.
A bar graph below shows the number of accessible pedestrian ramps improvements on the Y axis and the year on the X axis. In 2010, 5 new ramps, and 281 to remove and replace; 2011, 39 new, 367 remove and replace; 2012, 50 new, 241 remove and replace; 2013, 26 new, 164 remove and replace; 2014, 60 new, 145 remove and replace; 2015, 46 new, 181 remove and replace.
The block of text at the very bottom says, “The City of Bloomington complies with all applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its services, programs, or activities. Upon request, accommodation will be provided to allow individuals with disabilities to participate in all City of Bloomington services, programs, and activities. The City has designated coordinators to facilitate compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), and to coordinate compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as mandated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development regulations. For information, contact the Human Services Division, City of Bloomington, 1800 West Old Shakopee Road, Bloomington, MN 55431-3027; (952)563-8733 (Voice); (952)563-8740 (TTY). Upon request, this information can be available in Braille, large print, audio tape and/or electronic format.”
As part of the Bloomington ADA transition plan for public rights-of-way, the self-evaluation continues and approximately 100 pedestrian ramps were inspected in 2020.
It was anticipated that self-evaluation (inspection) of existing pedestrian ramps in Bloomington would be completed around 2020. However, due to staff availability issues that arose in 2020, that was not possible. Staff will continue to work towards completing the self-evaluation of the remaining 100 pedestrian ramps to be inspected in the City.
Five new pedestrian ramps were installed and 134 removed and replaced in City right-of-way in 2020 as part of construction projects like the Pavement Management Program.
The Bloomington ADA transition plan for public rights-of-way was approved by Council on November 7, 2016 and is a living document that will receive routine updates. It is noted in the plan that the main body of the document will be updated five years after publication. Therefore, staff will be working on updates to the document in 2021.