City of Kenmore streets are regularly evaluated on their condition to determine what pavement management strategy is required to preserve and extend the life of the road. For more information on the City of Kenmore Pavement Management Program, including the strategies used for maintaining and improving roads, as well as upcoming projects, please visit the Pavement Management Program page.
In 2012, City Council developed a goal to Establish a 20-30 Year Sidewalk Plan. To create this plan, staff utilized previously compiled missing sidewalk segments and evaluated the missing sidewalks segments utilizing several criteria. Working towards Council’s goal, staff recommended a six-year project list horizon that matches the Capital Improvement Program. The Sidewalk Program also supports the following Comprehensive Plan Goals established by the City:
- Goal T-1 - Provide a complete transportation network that serves local and regional circulation needs and safely accommodates all users
- Goal T-4: Encourage public transportation, non-motorized travel, and other transportation strategies that reduce the need for automobile travel, especially by single-occupant vehicles (SOV).
Since 2012, many segments of sidewalk have been constructed. The current Sidewalk Plan list of projects is revisited periodically and the priority implementation is reevaluated. The original City Sidewalk Program document can be viewed here or in the Documents box in the left navigation panel.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) enacted on July 26, 1990, and as amended, provides
comprehensive civil rights protections to persons with disabilities in the areas of employment,
state and local government services, telecommunications, transportation, and access to public
accommodations. The ADA is a companion civil rights legislation with the Civil Rights Act of
1964 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. This legislation mandates that qualified
disabled individuals shall not be excluded from participation in, denied the benefit of, or be
subjected to discrimination under any program or activity.
The ADA is divided into five parts, covering the following areas:
Title I: EMPLOYMENT
Title II: PUBLIC SERVICES
Title III: PUBLIC ACCOMMODATIONS
Title IV: TELECOMMUNICATIONS
Title V: MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS
DEFINITION OF DISABILITY
In the ADA, the term “disability” means, with respect to an individual:
1) A physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life
activities of such individual;
2) A record of such an impairment; or
3) Being regarded as having such an impairment.
If an individual meets any one of these three tests, he or she is considered to be an individual
with a disability for purposes of coverage under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Final
Rules of the ADA describe in greater detail the conditions included and excluded as disabilities
under the ADA, and these rules should be referred to if more detailed descriptions of covered
disabilities is desired.
The Engineering division focuses on Title II, Public Services. This title prohibits state and local governments from discriminating against persons with disabilities or from excluding participation in or denying benefits of programs, services, or activities to persons with disabilities. Title II dictates that
a public entity must evaluate its services, programs, policies, and practices to determine whether
they are in compliance with the nondiscrimination regulations of the ADA. To comply with this requirement, the City is in the process of conducting an inventory of its facilities within the right of way. Once completed, the information collected will be analyzed and a Program Access Plan will be created. The Program Access Plan will identify facilities that are not in compliant with ADA accessibility guidelines, identify how those facilities can be made compliant, and will propose a schedule to address those facilities that are not compliant.
Additional information on ADA may be found here on the ADA.gov website.
For any questions or concerns regarding accessibility within the public right of way, please go to Report a Concern.