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City Engineer Directive regarding Utility Trench Paving Triggers

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The City Engineer released a directive on November 8th, 2023 for the purpose of providing clarification and guidance regarding ADA curb ramps triggers when performing utility trench paving.
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City Engineer Directive regarding Utility Trench Paving Triggers

The City Engineer released a directive on November 8th, 2023 for the purpose of providing clarification and guidance regarding ADA curb ramps triggers when performing utility trench paving.


DIRECTIVE:

Paving associated with utility trench work as depicted in Standard Drawings P-505 and P-518 triggers construction of an ADA compliant curb ramp on the side of the street where the utility trench related paving occurs, when:

  • the work is 2’ or less from the curb face at a sidewalk,
  • or 2’ or less from the lip of gutter where one exists.

This is necessary to meet the federal requirement that when the utility work impacts the curb at a pedestrian street crossing where no curb ramp exists, or where there is a curb ramp but it doesn’t comply with current ADA standards, the work affecting the curb falls within the definition of “alteration,” and an ADA-compliant curb ramp must be constructed rather than simply replacing the curb. See 28 CFR 35.151(b) and 35.151(i);

https://archive.ada.gov/doj-fhwa-ta-supplement-2015.html

For additional information and guidance, consult with a PBOT ADA Technical Advisor.

References
• https://www.portland.gov/transportation/engineering/documents/p-505/download
• https://www.portland.gov/transportation/engineering/documents/p-518/download

Please see the full directive here:

https://www.portland.gov/transportation/engineering/documents/tl-001-utility-trench-paving-triggers-ada-compliant-ramp/download

If you have questions, please reach out to pbotutilitypermits@portlandoregon.gov