Asheville Approves ADA Compliance Plan

The city plans to make improvements to pedestrian infrastructure and bring its public streets into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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October 28, 2022, 6:00 AM PDT

By Diana Ionescu @aworkoffiction


Asheville, North Carolina plans to improve its pedestrian infrastructure and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance through a plan known as Close the GAP, which the city council approved on Tuesday night. In an article for WLOS, Andrew James highlights the plan’s main focus areas.

The document is designed as “a high level plan that’s more of a guiding document that we'll work with internally to help us prioritize our projects,” according to Lucy Crown, the city’s transportation planning manager. As James explains, “The plan took nearly three years to develop, using studies of the city’s corridors and pedestrian infrastructure, identifying priority areas where improvements are needed.”

The plan outlines “extensive” ADA improvements that would cost an estimated $101 million to complete to bring the city into full ADA compliance. “This work includes sidewalk repairs, curb ramp upgrades, signalized intersections, greenway upgrades and ADA retrofits, as well as improvements to transit stops.”

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