2019 ADA Self-Assessment and Transition Plan

The City of Mountlake Terrace is finalizing the ADA transition plan. Thank you all for providing feedback through the online survey we had posted while developing the plan.

The online survey is closed now, but we are leaving the Interactive Mapping Tool active so that the public can help identify barriers in the public right-of-way including sidewalks, curb ramps, crosswalks and pedestrian signals. The information provided will be used to help the City monitor the ADA Transition Plan. 

The 2019 Mountlake Terrace ADA Transition Plan is a document that identifies existing barriers that limit access throughout the City’s right-of-way for people with disabilities. It will also create a program to systematically eliminate these barriers by establishing a barrier’s priority and identifying funding mechanisms needed to remove them.

ADA Picture
ADA First Page Graphic

The 2019 Mountlake Terrace ADA Self-Assessment and Transition Plan (ADA SATP) is a federally mandated document that all local agencies must adopt to satisfy the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (The Act), which became Federal Law on January 26, 1992. The Act comprises five titles prohibiting discrimination against disabled persons within the United States. Title II (28 CFR Part 35) of the ADA specifically pertains to state and local governments and requires that these agencies create and maintain an ADA SATP. The Act ensures that people with disabilities are provided equitable access and mobility along the City of Mountlake Terrace’s right-of-way so that they are able to participate in and enjoy the benefits of the services and activities of state and local governments, places of employment, privately hosted events, parks, businesses, restaurants and other amenities without experiencing discrimination. These efforts complement the City Council’s Goals.

The ADA SATP Consists of Six Primary Tasks, Including:

Task 1 - GIS Database: Develop a mapping database of features in Mountlake Terrace that include the facilities the City has identified as significant destinations and the barriers that limit access.

Task 2 - Stakeholder Engagement and Feedback: Communication with people who have disabilities is a necessary element of the process to create an effective ADA Transition Plan. A variety of measures will be utilized for public outreach.

Upcoming Measures:
- City Council and Planning Commission meetings.
- City Happenings article will be released to inform residents about the ADA SATP.

Previous Measures:
- The online survey is closed now, but we are leaving the Interactive Mapping Tool active so that the public can help identify barriers in the public right-of-way including sidewalks, curb ramps, crosswalks and pedestrian signals. The information provided will be used to help the City monitor the ADA Transition Plan.  
- Planning Commission meetings.
- An open house was conducted prior to the Planning Commission meeting on July 22, 2019.

Information collected from these measures will be compiled and reviewed by the Consultant and City Staff to facilitate the development of the ADA SATP.

Task 3 - Self-Assessment Data Collection: An inventory of the deficiencies that limit the mobility and accessibility to individuals with disabilities will be conducted and generally cover portions of the City that are most significant to people with disabilities. 

Sample GIS Barrier Mapping

ADA Traffic Map
ADA Barrier Photos

The initial scope of the self-assessment data collection will include the following:
- 25 miles of sidewalk, including individual barriers along the sidewalk
- 520 curb ramps
- 50 pedestrian push buttons
- 200 marked and unmarked crosswalk locations

The data collected will identify the barriers and be incorporated into a spreadsheet and GIS mapping.

Task 4 – Barrier Removal: This task identifies how barriers in the public right of way and City facilities will be removed. This can be accomplished through Capital Improvement Projects, Private Development and using funds already identified in the City’s budget.

The consultant team will identify both conventional and location-specific methods in which barriers within the public right-of-way will be removed.  Barriers can include, but are not limited to offsets/cracks in the sidewalk or unimproved shoulders that prevent passage for people with wheelchairs or create tripping hazards for the sight-impaired, curb ramps with excessive grades or missing detection pads, stairs and several other types.

The consultant will also assist in identifying training needs for City staff. The consultant will assist in developing a training framework using existing materials from other local, state, and federal agencies.

Task 5 – Implementation Schedule: The Consultant will coordinate with the City to develop a prioritized implementation schedule for barrier removal. Prioritization of barriers will include input from stakeholders and multi-criteria analysis of the significance of individual barriers.

The implementation schedule will be defined by planning level cost estimates and dedicated funding resources, as well as leveraging related funding resources. ADA barriers are often removed by existing programs, and these activities will be highlighted.

Finally, The Consultant will assist in the development of a comprehensive monitoring procedure. This procedure will build upon the GIS data collected in the self-assessment task and identify how that database will be efficiently maintained moving forward. It will help the City clearly communicate, track and report progress in the future.

Timeline 2020-2050

Task 6 – Draft and Final Plan: This task includes development of a comprehensive and sustainable document. Deliverables from other tasks will be evaluated and consolidated. The document will be clearly structured to meet the requirements of ADA Title II. Best practices will be integrated and highlighted throughout the plan and suggestions from partner agencies will be included.

In addition to plan, the Consultant will recommend City procedures, communication protocols and staffing that are required as part of an ADA transition plan. These additional steps are necessary to ensure all required elements of the ADA transition plan are reflected within the guidelines of the ADA Act.  Per ADA Title II Part 35, Subpart D – Program Accessibility § 35.150 (d) (3), ADA Transition Plans must include:

  • Identification of an “ADA Coordinator”
  • Development of protocols to ensure information is accessible
  • Development of a grievance procedure

City Council Meeting Schedule:

August 13, 2020: City Council Meeting – Introduction

September 3, 2020: City Council Meeting – Review of Draft Plan 

September 21, 2020: City Council Meeting – Public Hearing and Adoption 

Consultant’s Schedule for Completing Each Task are Provided Below:

Task 1 • GIS Database:  June 2019 – May 2020

Task 2 • Stakeholder Engagement and Feedback:  June 2019 – September 2019

Task 3 • Self-Assessment Data Collection:  September 2019 – December 2019

Task 4 • Barrier Removal:  September 2019 – October 2019

Task 5 • Implementation Schedule:  December 2019 – February 2020

Task 6 • Draft and Final Plan:  February 2020 – May 2020