ADA Self Evaluation for Public Right-of-Way

Project Description

The City of Charlotte is committed to providing safe and usable pedestrian facilities for all pedestrians, including those with accessibility needs.

A “Self-Evaluation” of the pedestrian facilities in the Public Right-of-Way is required by the Department of Justice and necessary to determine if the existing facilities are compliant with ADA requirements. The City selected Cole and Associates, Inc. to assess the sidewalks, curb ramps, pedestrian signals with pushbuttons, accessible pedestrian signals and bus stops for ADA compliance using the 2010 ADA Standards and the Proposed Accessibility Guidelines for Pedestrian Facilities in the Public Right-of-Way (PROWAG) published by the U.S. Access Board.

Please note there are currently two ADA efforts taking place within the City.  This project covers the City’s assets in the Public Right-of-Way while the effort conducted by Altura Solutions is assessing the buildings, website, programs, activities and services offered by the City. The Public Right-of-Way will be an addendum to the City’s ADA Transition Plan.

Project Schedule

Summer 2017

  • Project Kickoff

  • Began ADA assessment of pedestrian facilities

Summer 2020

  • Data collection complete

  • Summary of Findings compiled by the Consultant and first draft submitted for City review

  • Develop Public Outreach strategy to present Summary of Findings

Fall/Winter 2020

  • Initiate Public Outreach including webpage, virtual meeting and survey

  • Refine prioritization criteria based on input from the public outreach survey

  • Develop a short-term and long-term implementation schedule for barrier removal

  • Draft ADA Transition Plan for the Public Right-of-Way for review

Spring/Summer 2021

  • Finalize ADA Transition Plan for the Public Right-of-Way for approval and adoption

How can you get involved?

The City will be offering two virtual opportunities for you to review and provide feedback on the Summary of Findings Report.

First, the Summary of Findings Report has been posted to this webpage for three weeks prior to an internal virtual presentation of the report material.  We ask that you review the material and submit any questions or comments to the appropriate staff listed below to be addressed during the presentation. 

Second, after the virtual presentation of the Summary of Findings Report has been conducted, a recording of the presentation (captioning and ASL interpretation services will be integrated into the recording) will be posted to this webpage. Once the recorded presentation is posted, the City will begin a comment period of 45 days for members of the public to provide feedback. During the comment period there will be an electronic survey available for resident response in addition to contacting the City staff directly. Once the public comment period has closed, the City will be ready to prioritize the data collected and develop an implementation plan for improvements. 

The City is seeking input from:

Individuals with disabilities and their family, friends and caregivers

Senior citizens

Members of groups that provide transportation to individuals with disabilities

Individuals with knowledge and experience with ADA

Other interested citizens



Staff Contacts

For questions regarding the sidewalks, curb ramps and pedestrian signals; or to request an accommodation please contact:

Tracy Van Tassell, ADA Liaison

Charlotte Department of Transportation (CDOT)

For questions regarding bus stops, please contact:

Juliann Sheldon, Acting PR & Community Relations Manager

Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS)

For questions regarding other parts of the ADA Transition Plan’s such as buildings, programs, activities or services, please contact: