Missing curb ramps violate Americans with Disabilities Act

City of Atlanta lags on curb ramp settlement

The Americans with Disabilities Act requires government agencies to install ramps wherever a curb creates barriers to sidewalks and intersections. It also requires sidewalks to be accessible to all users.

Monroe Drive & Park - no curb ramps

Curb ramps are missing at the intersection of Monroe Drive and Park, a key entrance to Piedmont Park.

In 2009 the U.S. Access Board audited the City of Atlanta. It’s findings: city streets violated numerous ADA requirements .

Most important to pedestrians: Atlanta had failed to install curb ramps at many intersections when it resurfaced streets since the ADA went into effect in 1992.

Atlanta settled with the U.S. Justice Department by agreeing to install or repair curb ramps by 2012 on all streets that had been resurfaced since 1992.

The deadline expired six years ago, yet few ramps have been installed.

Despite repeated requests from PEDS, the Department of Public Works will not provide data on project status  Nor will it explain why. We’ll continue to pursue this information, even if it requires intervention by the Georgia Secretary of State.

Have you noticed missing or poorly designed curb ramps on recently resurfaced streets?

On resurfacing projects, many contractors cut corners, not curbs. Our office is at the intersection of Peachtree Street and 17th Street – and it didn’t take long to notice that contractors failed to install curb ramps when they resurfaced several blocks of 17th Street and Inman Circle this summer.

If you see something, say something!

Wheelchair user at curb ramp that isn't flush with road

For someone using a wheelchair, a one-inch gap between the road and the curb ramp feels like a mountain.

If you know of other intersections that failed to get curb ramps when they resurfaced during the past few years, please let us know.

Also let us know of poorly-designed ramps, such as ones with a gap between the travel lane and the bottom of the curb ramp. The gap may look like an inch, but to someone in a wheelchair, it’s a mountain.

Thank you for helping us make our streets and sidewalks safe and accessible to all pedestrians.