ODOT survey: 97 percent of curb ramps across state violate ADA standards

A man seated in a wheelchair crossing an intersection where there is no curb ramp.

New data collected by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) shows that at least 97 percent of more than 26,000 curb ramps on state roads and highways fail to comply with the ADA.

In rural Oregon, entire counties—including Coos, Curry, and Grant Counties—don’t have a single fully-compliant ramp on state roads and highways.

The data, which emerged from a statewide survey that ODOT completed in December, show far worse compliance rates than its previous estimates. A 2008 ODOT survey showed 15,000 locations had missing or non-compliant curb ramps.

Data

For data highlights, see our press release.

You can access the data here:

Summary of Data

Complete Inventory

Multnomah County

Washington County

Clackamas and Hood River County

NW Oregon-Outside of Portland Metro (Region 2)

Eastern + Southern Oregon (Regions 3, 4, 5)

Umatilla County

Settlement Agreement

More than 20 years ago, the ADA put into law requirements that states must provide accessible curb ramps where pedestrian walkways cross curbs and provide accessible pedestrian crossing signals at curb ramps with traffic lights. In March 2017, a federal judge approved a landmark settlement agreement —the largest commitment to accessible transportation in state history—between ODOT and disability rights advocates to improve curb ramps and crossing signals across Oregon.

Complaint/Comment Process

To request curb ramp improvements and audible signals, or report problems with access, use the “ADA Accessibility Requests” complaint form on ODOT’s website.

Settlement Agreement Highlights

  • ODOT will:
    • Complete curb ramp upgrades at 30 percent of the locations identified in the audit (by December 31, 2022)
    • Complete upgrades at 75 percent of locations (by December 31, 2027)
    • Fix all of the curb ramp locations identified (by December 31, 2032)
  • Following the crossing signal audit’s completion, the parties will negotiate a timeline for making improvements to the crossing signals identified

Additional Resources:
FAQ
Settlement Agreement
Complaint

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