December 19, 2011

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Comment Period Expanded for Proposed Rights-of-Way-Rule

The Access Board has reopened the comment period on it its proposed guidelines for accessible public rights-of-way to February 2, 2012. The original comment deadline was November 23.

APWA encourages you to submit comments.
The proposed guidelines ( address access to public streets and sidewalks, street crossings, on-street parking, and other components of public rights-of-way.  Once finalized and implemented as standards, the guidelines will apply to newly constructed or altered portions of public rights-of-way covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). They will also apply to public rights-of-way built or altered with funding from the federal government under the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) and the Rehabilitation Act.  Existing pedestrian networks not undergoing alteration will not be required to meet these requirements.
Action to extend the deadline was taken in response to requests from interested parties, including government and trade associations, for additional time to submit comments on the rule, as indicated in a published notice (
Comments can be submitted or viewed through the website. Further information on this rulemaking is available on the Board’s website (
APWA filed comments November 23rd.  To view them, click here
Thank you for your support.  If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Tracy Okoroike at  or 202-218-6702.