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An often overlooked, but vitally important part of parking lot maintenance includes ADA Compliance.  The 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design mandate that businesses or privately owned facilities that provide goods or services to the public have an obligation to maintain proper striping and signage for ADA parking areas.

When providing public parking, it is required that there are a certain number of accessible parking spaces for both cars and vans. The parking spaces must be located on the shortest accessible route of travel to an accessible entrance.  An accessible route cannot have curbs or stairs, must be at least 3 feet wide, and must have a firm, stable, slip-resistant surface. It is mandatory to maintain proper slope as well.

When van accessibility is needed for a parking space, it requires a wider aisle (96”) to accommodate wheel chair lifts. This space must also have a sign that reads “Van Accessible,” unless there are four or fewer parking spaces in the parking lot.

Below is a guideline chart from the website to show the minimum number of required accessible parking spaces.

When considering restriping your parking lot, keep ADA compliance in mind. American Asphalt can help ensure that your parking lot is equipped with the necessary accessible striping and signage.