David J. Barakian
|September 24, 2002|
Department of Public Works and Engineering
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Re: Comments Regarding “Draft Guidelines for Accessible Public Rights-of-Way”
Enclosed, please find the comments provided by myself, the Director of Public Works/City Engineer, and Phil Kaplan, the ADA Coordinator for the City of Palm Springs.
David J. Barakian
Director of Public Works/City Engineer
Comments Regarding “Draft Guidelines for Accessible Public Rights-of-Way”
Additions and Alterations (1102.2), 2nd Paragraph, 2nd Sentence: But if you’re just reconstructing the pavement and not touching the curbs or sidewalks, it doesn’t seem logical you should be required to reconstruct curbs and sidewalks to make them compatible.
Alternate Circulation Path (1102.3, 1111), 1st Paragraph, 1st Sentence: Where feasible?
Pedestrian Access Route (1102.4), (1103): I recommend that clearer guidance be given with respect to sidewalk cross slope through a drive approach, i.e. does a 48-inch “flat” area need to be provided around the approach in areas with curb adjacent sidewalk to avoid the large cross slopes in approaches? Also, I recommend the issue of sidewalk or pedestrian access adjacent to bay parking areas to be addressed. I feel sidewalks should not be allowed behind vehicles parking in “bays” 90 degrees to the centerline of the street. The sidewalks should go around the bays and be in front of the parked vehicles or bay parking should be discouraged in pedestrian areas.
Grade (1103.5), 1st Paragraph, 3rd Sentence: What about cross slopes and drive approaches. Need to specify what the regulation is for sidewalk at drive approaches with respect to cross slope.
Surface Gaps at Rail Crossings (1103.7), 1st Paragraph: What about gaps at bridge joints?
Curb Ramps and Blended Transitions (1102.6, 1104), 1st Paragraph: What is permitted lip? ½”? Flush? Or what? If single ramp can go within crosswalk width, then why not?
Pedestrian Signal Phase Timing (1105.3), 1st Paragraph: This would result in longer cycle lengths and therefore more vehicle delay and lower level of service – what data justifies 3 fps? Define from where to where or in accordance with Traffic Manual?
Pedestrian Overpasses and Underpasses (1105.5), 1st Paragraph: What about if it is privately owned i.e. not for public but spans a public street?
2nd Paragraph, 1st Sentence: This defeats part of the purpose of roundabouts. 3rd Sentence: Cross at intersection before or after, if you can’t cross unless traffic must stop.
3rd Paragraph: Signals should not be installed unless warranted for pedestrians.
Accessible Pedestrian Signal Systems (1102.8, 1106), 2nd Paragraph: All signals must have an audible Tone? 3rd Paragraph, 1st Sentence: Pedestrian ONLY signals not at intersection or what? Need to be clear.
Street Furniture (1102.9, 1107), 1st Paragraph: Does this apply to restaurant tables in the right-of-way?
1102.2.2 Alterations: Impossible to interpret this.
1102.8 Pedestrian Crossings: Is every crosswalk a pedestrian crossing?
1102.9 Street Furniture: Not customers of a restaurant?
1105.3 Pedestrian Signal Phase Timing, 2nd Sentence: Major divergence from current Caltrans guidelines vehicle delay will result. Currently it is 4fps from curb to center of lane opposite the far curb.
1105.6.2 Signals: With audible tone and vibro tactile indications?
1109.2 Parallel Parking Spaces: These need a drawing to explain.
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