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A compliant path of travel must have an unobstructed sidewalk width of 48 inches all the way along the route in addition to compliant grades and ramps. We know that achieving this level of compliance along portions of San Rafael Avenue and Beach Road will not be without challenges. There are numerous public and private improvements currently installed along the route(s) that will present obstructions to compliance. As we evaluate requests for new private improvements along the routes of travel such requests will be evaluated with the forward thinking goal of future ADA compliance. Because we are still in the early phases of this project, we have not identified exactly how we will be complying in terms of final design, but we do know that complying is not an option but a mandate.
Alternatives such as meandering sidewalks, bulb-outs for landscaping, narrower traveled rights-of-way, limitations on parking, etc. will all be considered in an attempt to reach compliance along the route, as will any other creative solutions that meet the requirements of the ADA. Crossing the roadway at key points may be possible but criss-crossing the roadway may not; choices will have to be made for starting and ending points along the route. Those property owners with Revocable Licenses for improvements within the City's rights-of-way and those that have improvements within the rights-of-way without the benefit of a Revocable License may be required to remove some or all of those improvements to allow for compliant paths of travel to be created.
Because this is a slow-moving but inevitable project the City will be providing advance notification to all the property owners along San Rafael Avenue and Beach Road that might be affected by the improvements. As the project evolves and more details emerge City staff will continue to include the affected property owners in the loop.
Should you have questions regarding this project, please feel free to contact the City at 435-3838.