Applying ADA in Work Zones: A Practitioner Guide

A basic requirement of work zone traffic control, as provided in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), is that the needs of pedestrians, including those with disabilities, must be addressed in temporary traffic control plans (TCPs) in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), Title II, Paragraph 35.130. The ADA is a Federal law that requires that pedestrians with physical and/or mental disabilities be accommodated not only in completed, publicly accessible facilities, but also during times of construction or improvement. All pedestrians, including the disabled, should be provided with safe, accessible, and reasonably convenient paths that replicate as nearly as practical the most desirable characteristics of the existing pedestrian circulation facilities when temporary traffic control (TTC) zones are planned and set up.