ADA Public Rights-of-Way Transition Plan Update

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Update March 7, 2022: The City Council approved the updated plan at their February 28, 2022 Council meeting. The final document can be found here. See the Consent item 6.2 here.


What is the ADA Public Rights-of-Way Transition Plan?

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), the City of Bloomington is conducting a self-evaluation to determine if the City’s services, policies and practices affecting the public rights-of-way comply with federal and state regulations. This specific ADA Transition Plan is both the process and the product of the Bloomington Public Works Department’s self-evaluation.

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Update March 7, 2022: The City Council approved the updated plan at their February 28, 2022 Council meeting. The final document can be found here. See the Consent item 6.2 here.


What is the ADA Public Rights-of-Way Transition Plan?

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), the City of Bloomington is conducting a self-evaluation to determine if the City’s services, policies and practices affecting the public rights-of-way comply with federal and state regulations. This specific ADA Transition Plan is both the process and the product of the Bloomington Public Works Department’s self-evaluation.

A public agency must prepare an ADA Transition Plan if any city facilities require physical or structural modifications to provide individuals with disabilities access to programs or services. This specific ADA Transition Plan catalogs existing barriers to accessibility in the public rights-of-way found through the self-evaluation, and prepares a removal schedule for each barrier.

The overall goal for an ADA transition plan is to provide access to all. As such, the City has developed a plan to make roads, sidewalks and trails more accessible, as outlined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The transition plan provides a better understanding of the Bloomington assets in the rights-of-way. It includes items from pedestrian ramps with truncated domes to audible pedestrian signals and even obstructions like power poles in the sidewalk.

The Bloomington City Council approved the Bloomington ADA Public Rights-of-Way Transition Plan at the November 7, 2016 Council meeting and it can be found on the City of Bloomington website at https://www.bloomingtonmn.gov/eng/ada-transition-plan-public-rights-way, along with other ADA information.

2022 Update

The Bloomington ADA Public Rights-of-Way Transition Plan is a living document and receives routine updates. It is noted in the plan that the main body of the document will be updated every five years after publication with the appendices being updated periodically. City staff is in the process of updating the language in the document, including self-evaluation and infrastructure items that have been completed since plan inception in 2016, while also updating outdated text.

The draft of the updated ADA Transition Plan document that is currently under review and can be found under the documents area on this page. If you have any comments or suggestions on the updated document, please feel free to reach out to Bob Simons or Tracy Smith. The review period for the document will end February 4, 2022. Comments can be submitted below.

Next Steps

  • Early February 2022 - Complete review process of the updated ADA Transition Plan
  • February 28, 2022 – City Council approval of the updated ADA Transition Plan


CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

Your comments or questions will be sent directly to Bob Simons, Senior Civil Engineer for review.  Comments will be taken into consideration for the final draft update to the extent possible.  

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    Will this include ALL BUSINESSES also?? ALSO I WOULD LIKE TO HELP IN THIS PROJECT BECAUSE I DISABLED MYSELF AND HAVE BEEN AROUND ALOT AND CAN GIVE A UNIQUE PERSPECTIVE ON THE IMPROVEMENTS TO MAKE SURE IT IS DONE RIGHT THE FIRST TIME. I CAN HOWEVER, TRANSFER TO A VEHICLE IF NEED BE. THANK YOU 🙃🤠

    Carrie Borseth asked 9 months ago

    This plan does not include private businesses and is only for items within the public rights-of-way.  Since this is an update to the language and data of the existing ADA Public Rights-of-Way Transition plan, we currently do not have any specific projects that would need assistance.  The City’s ADA Coordinator, Tracy Smith, will maintain your information should volunteer opportunities arise.