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Designing Pedestrian Facilities for Accessibility (including ADAAG and PROWAG)

When - Where

July 12 & 13, 2023

(9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Eastern Time)


6 Professional Development Hours can be granted for this course. No partial credit available. Attendees must attend at least 90% of each day of the workshop to get 6 PDHs.

Online Workshop

Online Workshop, TN  
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Facilities in the public right-of-way (including walkways, ramps, curb ramps and landings, crosswalks, and pedestrian overpasses and underpasses) must be designed, constructed and maintained to serve all users. To meet the needs of all users, those involved with designing, building and maintaining infrastructure need a clear understanding of the wide range of abilities that occur within the population and the challenges in the public right-of-way faced by persons with disabilities. This course will identify applicable laws, regulations, guidelines and standards pertaining to accessibility for persons with disabilities.

Requirements for ensuring accessibility in existing facilities versus work in new construction and alternations will be discussed. Design elements necessary for achieving accessibility in the public right-of-way will be reviewed. Best practices will be identified.

Specific topics to be covered include:

  • Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) and Public Rights-of-Way Accessibility Guidelines: Laws and Regulations
  • Pedestrian Characteristics
  • Pedestrian Access Route (PAR)
  • Curb Ramps and Other Transitions
  • Detectable Warnings
  • Pedestrian Crossings
  • Street Furniture and Parking
  • Work Zones and Maintenance
  • Accessible Pedestrian Signals


The target audience for this workshop is local and state personnel with responsibility for designing, constructing and maintaining facilities in the public right-of-way. These include engineers, MPO staff, technicians, public works directors, street supervisors and crew leaders.


Ronald W. Eck P.E.

The instructor for this workshop is Ronald W. Eck, P.E.. Ron received his B.S.C.E and Ph.D. degrees from Clemson University. He is Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering at West Virginia University and Director of the West Virginia Local Technical Assistance Program (WV LTAP). He has been involved in traffic engineering, including accessibility and pedestrian transportation, for over 45 years. He was a member of the Pedestrian Committee of the Transportation Research Board from 2008 to 2017. He authored the chapter on Pedestrians in McGraw-Hill&s Handbook of Transportation Engineering. He teaches a variety of ADA-related classes for public works personnel throughout the United States.


Day One
Why the ADA Exists
Overarching Laws and Policies
The Pedestrian Environment
Day Two
Public Right-of-Way Accessibility Guidelines (PROWAG)
Application and Administration
Scoping Requirements
Technical Requirements
Supplementary Technical Requirements

Please inform us if you want to receive credit for the course toward the Tennessee Academy for Transportation Engineering Certificate.


This is a free workshop for all city or county employees. Pre-registration is required. The registration fee for other attendees is $120 per person. TDOT employees must register through their local TDOT Training Office at least 10 working days in advance.

Register ONLINE here.


Register by mail. Click here to download the brochure.