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Cure ramps & cross walks.

We see them at pedestrian crossings at streets. 'Whether recessed or built-up, your parking lot likely has curb ramps. With budgets tighter than ever, sometimes maintaining them properly is postponed and easily taken for granted, unless you are physically disabled. Curb ramps are an important part of your facility.

CURB RAMPS 101:

A curb ramp is a short ramp--cutting through a curb or built up to it--pro-viding smooth transition between pedestrian sidewalks and pedestrian areas such as parking lots or streets. There are a few basic rules for new curb ramp components:

* 36-inch wide minimum

* Slip resistant or textured walking surfaces (for the visually impaired)

* Maximum ramp slope of 1:12

* Side flares may not be steeper than 1:10 (the side flares can be eliminated where there is no pedestrian traffic crossing the curb ramp from side to side)

* 36-inch minimum landings at the top of the curb stop

* Counter slopes of adjoining gutters and road surfaces immediately adjacent to the curb ramp not be steeper than 1:20

* Slip-resistant walking surfaces

* Built-up curb ramps located so that they do not project into vehicular traffic lanes

* Handrails are not required

If you have older curb ramps that do not comply with contemporary standards, and have steep surfaces or areas where traffic can cross from side flare, carefully consider your options.

KEEPING CURB STOPS SAFE

If your ramp surfaces are painted, consider using paint with an abrasive in it to provide the required slip resistance, and re-paint as necessary to maintain the surface. For new ramps, consider coloring the concrete to eliminate the need for painting. Repainting frequency will depend on the amount of traffic crossing the ramp.

Since the physically disabled and elderly are more susceptible to loss of I balance, make curb-ramp maintenance a winter priority. Because of their sloped surfaces, curb stops may collect water at the base, and in the winter months it will freeze. Since curb ramps descend from the pedestrian sidewalk level to the vehicular area, the pedestrian crosswalk should be designated with a line--painted with slip-resistant paint and a minimum of 36-inches wide--and aligned with the base of the curb ramp to avoid any confusion about the designated pedestrian walkway.

JULIUS PEREIRA III OULIUSPEREIRA@COMCAST.NET) IS THE OWNER OF PEREIRA CONSULTING IN CHADDS FORD, PA.

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Title Annotation:spotlight / Maintenance Matters
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Author:Pereira, Julius
Publication:Journal of Property Management
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Date:Jan 1, 2014
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