ADA Transition Plan
Purpose of the American Disabilities Act (ADA) Transition Plan
The ADA transition plan is required by federal regulations implemented in Title II of the ADA and in the Rehabilitation Act. Municipalities are required to make programs and services accessible to persons with disabilities. The ADA transition plan allows staff to self-evaluate pedestrian walkways, crosswalks, curb ramps, and landings around the Village in order to identify barriers to accessibility, prioritize actions to address the barriers, and set forth a schedule for those actions.
Development of ADA Transition Plan
Staff performed a preliminary self-evaluation of each intersection in Western Springs. Each intersection were observed by utilizing aerial and street-level photography. The ADA Transition Plan describes all methods used in determining the state of each intersection. As seen in the draft plan, crosswalks are evaluated using various criteria and slope requirements. There is a Preliminary ADA Transition Map that visually labels every intersection as compliant, non-compliant, or partially compliant as well as a detailed Evaluation of Intersections.
As seen in the map, the majority of the intersections in town are non-compliant with current ADA standards. It is important to understand that ADA standards can change frequently and drastically. Previous ADA standards required the use of a red, dyed concrete that included raised detectable warnings in the concrete itself. The Village built a large portion of the intersections to that standard. Current ADA standards do not allow this and require
a detectable warning panel to be set in the concrete during construction instead.
The draft ADA transition is available to allow residents and business owners of the Village of Western Springs to provide input before it is finalized. Residents or business owners can review all of the information on this page and all documents attached and provide feedback. Feedback can be directed the Public Works & Water Committee or the Infrastructure Commission. Please visit the Agenda Center to determine the date and time of the next public meeting. You can also contact Matthew Supert directly using the contact information at the top of this page.