The University of Tennessee, Knoxville


Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Self-Evaluations/Transition Plans and Overview of Elements of Public Right-of-Way Accessibility

When - Where

November 28, 2017

(9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Central Time)
TDOT Region 4 Auditorium
300 Benchmark Place
Jackson, TN  
Tel: 731-935-0100 for directions

Register ONLINE here.


Register by fax or mail. Click here to download the brochure.


With the 25-year anniversary of the passage of ADA, it is critical that local governments recognize their obligation to upgrade streets, sidewalks and facilities for accessibility. ADA requires that public agencies perform self-evaluations and prepare transition plans. They were to have been completed by July 26, 1992 and be updated periodically. The morning portion of the workshop examines the background to, contents of and enforcement of the self-evaluation and transition plan requirements. Several landmark court cases are also highlighted. A case study is presented to illustrate these items. Participants will leave the session with a "To Do" list of next steps they need to take and a toolkit of helpful resources. The afternoon session overviews the current criteria for accessible public rights-of-way including the pedestrian access route, curb ramps and detectable warnings, accessible pedestrian signals, street furniture, on-street parking and temporary traffic control requirements for pedestrians.


Mayors, councilmembers, city managers, public works directors, road/street supervisors, municipal attorneys and others responsible for regulatory compliance and management of liability risk will find the workshop beneficial. Engineers, technicians and landscape architects should also find the session helpful.


Ronald W. Eck P.E.

Ron is Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering at West Virginia University and Senior Advisor with the West Virginia Local Technical Assistance Program (WV LTAP). He has been involved in traffic engineering, including pedestrian transportation, for over 35 years. He is a member of the Pedestrian Committee of the Transportation Research Board. He authored the chapter on Pedestrians in McGraw-Hill's Handbook of Transportation Engineering. He facilitates walkability audits and Walkable Communities Workshops for communities in West Virginia. For the past 4 years, he has taught one and one and one-half day "Designing Pedestrian Facilities for Accessibility" workshops throughout the United States.


6 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) can be granted for this course.


ADA Self-Evaluations and Transition Plans
8:00 a.m.Registration
8:30 a.m.Welcome, Housekeeping Matters and Background/History of ADA
9:00 a.m.Enforcement
9:15 a.m.Some Significant Court Cases
9:30 a.m.Self-Evaluations
10:15 a.m.Transition Plans
11:15Case Study
11:45Your 'To Do' List
12:00Lunch (provided)
Elements of Public Right-of-Way Accessibility
1:00 p.m.Pedestrian Access Route
2:00 p.m.Curb Ramps and Detectable Warnings
3:00 p.m.Pedestrian Crossings and Accessible Pedestrian Signals
3:45 p.m.Street Furniture and On-Street Parking
4:00 p.m.Temporary Traffic Control Requirements for Pedestrians
4:30 p.m.Adjourn


The registration fee is $120 per person. A city or county employee is eligibile for a registration fee of $55. TDOT employees must register through their local TDOT Training Office. The workshop fee covers the cost of breaks and lunch. Please let us know of any special dietary needs. A course may be canceled if there is low enrollment. Forty-eight hours notice will be given to registrants if a course is canceled. Register early! Limited enrollment!


Due to commitments to our instructors and facilities, the registration fee is not refundable if a registrant withdraws less than forty-eight hours before the workshop. You may substitute registrants; please notify us in advance if possible. Please register early as attendance to our workshops has increased. We may not accommodate walk-ins on the day of the workshop.

Register ONLINE here.


Register by fax or mail. Click here to download the brochure.

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