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Inspecting Curb Ramps - Free TTAP Webinar

January 23, 2024

(10:00 a.m - 11:30 pm Eastern Time)


1.5 Professional Development Hours can be granted for this course. No partial credit available. Attendees must attend at least 90% of the workshop to get 1.5 PDHs.

Register ONLINE here.


Curb ramps are considered the basic element of accessibility. Designing and constructing curb ramps that comply with the Public Rights-of-Way Accessibility Guidelines (PROWAG) can be challenging given the variety of constraints that exist along roads and streets. Inspecting curb ramps is, also, a critical step in delivering compliant curb ramps. However, certain common mistakes occur in curb ramp construction, so it is important that inspectors know what to look for.

This 90-minute webinar is not intended to be training related to curb ramp design and construction. Rather, the session focuses on inspection of curb ramps and identifying unacceptable mistakes so that the constructed ramps will meet the needs of all users. This session will introduce key terms and discuss the necessary measuring tools. The types of sidewalk to street transitions and the basic requirements for each in terms of widths, cross slopes, turning spaces, grades, flares and how to measure each will be presented. Requirements for detectable warning surfaces will also be described. The session concludes with identification and discussion of "top ten" curb ramp mistakes.


The target audience for this session is state, municipal and private sector personnel with responsibility for inspecting curb ramps and related facilities in the public right-of-way. These include engineers (state, municipal and consulting), technicians, inspectors, supervisors, foremen, concrete crew members and contractors.


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.


  • Why is Inspection so Important?
  • Terminology/Definitions
  • Measuring
  • Basic Requirements for Curb Ramps and Other Transitions
    • Perpendicular curb ramps
    • Parallel curb ramps
    • Combination ramps
    • Blended transitions
  • Detectable Warning Surfaces
  • "Top Ten" Curb Ramp Mistakes



Register ONLINE here.