Other improvements

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Other methods to improve accessibility

Along with the ADA Improvement Program, there are other programs that can improve access:
Pierce County Programs

Roadway resurfacing programs
Some work to preserve roads, such as asphalt overlays, may result in changes to crosswalks that require accessible curb ramps.
Spot safety improvements
Some ADA access projects built by county forces result from requests from the public about specific access issues.
Traffic signal improvements
Traffic work includes replacing pedestrian push buttons.
Sidewalk maintenance program
This work includes:
  • vegetation trimming
  • crack filling
  • grinding uneven surfaces
  • casting new concrete sidewalk panels
  • patching asphalt
Road improvement projects
These projects:
  • increase roadway capacity
  • increase traffic safety
  • add new connections
  • support economic growth
  • improve intersections
  • support non-motorized transportation
When a project alters a pedestrian facility, they are made ADA compliant to the maximum extent feasible.
Other Programs

Developer improvements
When private developments alter existing pedestrian assets, the developer must make them accessible to the maximum extent feasible.
External agency work
Utility companies, public transit agencies, the Washington State Dept. of Transportation, and nearby cities and counties may build or alter pedestrian assets within the Pierce County right-of-way.
Note:
We regularly review and improve design standards, policies, and procedures. This is to ensure new assets are compliant and don't require future changes.