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1 center handrail for ramp?

1 center handrail for ramp?

1 center handrail for ramp?

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In Section 1010.8 of the IBC it clearly states that ramps with a rise greater than 6 inches shall have handrails on both sides. I need to install a ramp with a rise of 1.4', so I clearly need handrails on both sides. However, the situation is unique in that on both sides of the ramp there will be a low profile brick wall. One side will have a high iron fence on the wall and on the other side there will be a railing barrier on the wall. Installing a handrail on both sides of the ramp in addition to the brick wall/fence feature is not preferred.

Can we install 1 handrail (instead of 1 on both sides) in the center of the ramp?

I think the IBC previously required only 1 handrail, but the 2006 version now requires 1 on both sides.

Please help!


 

RE: 1 center handrail for ramp?

It has always been an ADAAG requirement if it is part of the accessible route:

ADAAG 4.8.5 Handrails. If a ramp run has a rise greater than 6 in (150 mm) or a horizontal projection greater than 72 in (1830 mm), then it shall have handrails on both sides.

Have you talked to the building official?  Looks pretty black and white.  You may be able to adjudicate it but as a building official, I would not support it.  

Don Phillips
http://worthingtonengineering.com

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