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ADA Parking Stalls in Texas

ADA Parking Stalls in Texas

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Looking for guidance on this one. I'm relatively new to practicing engineering in Texas. I have a parking lot project where there are a couple of handicapped parking stalls. Through my previous engagement, I'm used to seeing the International Symbol of Accessibility painted on the pavement in addition to any other signage required. For my project, my client only wants to include the signage but nothing painted on the pavement. The documentation I've come across only makes reference to signage required including height off the ground for the placement of the signage but nothing specific about requiring the symbol painted. Would anyone share your experience on this matter? (The county where this project is located does not have specific requirements)

RE: ADA Parking Stalls in Texas

I haven't checked the ADA in a while, but I'm pretty sure you have to put the painted signage on the pavement.
This would be a federal rule that would supersede lesser local requirements.

RE: ADA Parking Stalls in Texas

The MUTCD applies to public roads and private roads open to the public. It specifically does not apply to parking lots. If the stalls are along a road, the MUTCD applies. You should also check for any state requirements. I don't know about Texas, but NY State requires more handicapped spaces than the ADAAG does for some property types.

The ADAAG says:

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4.6 Parking and Passenger Loading Zones.

4.6.1 Minimum Number. Parking spaces required to be accessible by 4.1 shall comply with 4.6.2 through 4.6.5. Passenger loading zones required to be accessible by 4.1 shall comply with 4.6.5 and 4.6.6.

4.6.2 Location. Accessible parking spaces serving a particular building shall be located on the shortest accessible route of travel from adjacent parking to an accessible entrance. In parking facilities that do not serve a particular building, accessible parking shall be located on the shortest accessible route of travel to an accessible pedestrian entrance of the parking facility. In buildings with multiple accessible entrances with adjacent parking, accessible parking spaces shall be dispersed and located closest to the accessible entrances.

4.6.3* Parking Spaces. Accessible parking spaces shall be at least 96 in (2440 mm) wide. Parking access aisles shall be part of an accessible route to the building or facility entrance and shall comply with 4.3. Two accessible parking spaces may share a common access aisle (see Fig. 9). Parked vehicle overhangs shall not reduce the clear width of an accessible route. Parking spaces and access aisles shall be level with surface slopes not exceeding 1:50 (2%) in all directions. Appendix Note

The access aisle shall be a minimum of 60 inches (1525 mm) wide for cars or a minimum of 96 inches (2440 mm) wide for vans. The accessible route connected to the access aisle at the front of the parking spaces shall be a minimum of 36 inches (915 mm).

4.6.4* Signage. Accessible parking spaces shall be designated as reserved by a sign showing the symbol of accessibility (see 4.30.7). Spaces complying with 4.1.2(5)(b) shall have an additional sign "Van-Accessible" mounted below the symbol of accessibility. Such signs shall be located so they cannot be obscured by a vehicle parked in the space. Appendix Note

4.6.5* Vertical Clearance. Provide minimum vertical clearance of 114 in (2895 mm) at accessible passenger loading zones and along at least one vehicle access route to such areas from site entrance(s) and exit(s). At parking spaces complying with 4.1.2(5)(b), provide minimum vertical clearance of 98 in (2490 mm) at the parking space and along at least one vehicle access route to such spaces from site entrance(s) and exit(s). Appendix Note

4.6.6 Passenger Loading Zones. Passenger loading zones shall provide an access aisle at least 60 in (1525 mm) wide and 20 ft (240 in)(6100 mm) long adjacent and parallel to the vehicle pull-up space (see Fig. 10). If there are curbs between the access aisle and the vehicle pull-up space, then a curb ramp complying with 4.7 shall be provided. Vehicle standing spaces and access aisles shall be level with surface slopes not exceeding 1:50 (2%) in all directions.

https://www.access-board.gov/guidelines-and-standa...

RE: ADA Parking Stalls in Texas

The best way is to make certain that you check the federal regulation, State rules and the local codes/ordinances.

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