Pedestrian Facilities in the Public Right-of-Way

ADA Compliance Program

The Snohomish County Public Works Department is responsible for ensuring that the following pedestrian facilities in the public right-of-way of unincorporated Snohomish County comply with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA):
  • Curb ramps
  • Pedestrian crossings
  • Pedestrian signals, beacons, and pushbuttons
  • Sidewalks
  • Bus Stops
  • Alternate pedestrian facilities in work zones

Pedestrian Facility Accessibility Requests


Are you aware of a pedestrian facility in the public right-of-way of unincorporated Snohomish County that may need accessibility improvements to comply with the ADA? Let us know by contacting Public Works in one of the following ways:

     Email:
Contact.pwADA@snoco.org 
     Phone: 425-388-6438 (TTY: 711)
     Fax: 425-388‐6499
     Mail: ADA Compliance Program – Program Planning
     Snohomish County Public Works
     3000 Rockefeller Avenue, M/S 607
     Everett, WA 98201

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ADA Coordinator and Grievance Procedures


The Public Works ADA Coordinator for Pedestrian Facilities in the Public Right-of-Way coordinates the department’s efforts to comply with the requirements of the ADA. They also developed a grievance procedure to provide prompt and equitable resolution of complaints alleging any action that would be prohibited by the ADA regarding Public Works’ pedestrian facility program.

ADA Coordinator for Pedestrian Facilities in the Public Right-of-Way


Jim Bloodgood, P.E., County Traffic Engineer and Traffic Operations Manager

     Email: jim.bloodgood@snoco.org
     Phone: 425-388-6419 (TTY: 711)
     Fax: 425-388-6449
     Mail: Jim Bloodgood
     Snohomish County Public Works
     3000 Rockefeller Avenue, M/S 607
     Everett, WA 98201

Grievance Procedure


This grievance procedure may be used to file a complaint alleging discrimination on the basis of disability in the provision of the programs, services, or activities by Snohomish County Public Works related to pedestrian facilities in the public right-of-way.

Before filing a grievance please contact the ADA Coordinator for Pedestrian Facilities in the Public Right-of-Way to seek an equitable and timely resolution to your complaints.

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Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan


Public Works is required to complete an ADA self-evaluation of its pedestrian facilities in the public right-of-way in regards to its compliance with federal, state, and local government requirements. The self-evaluation is an opportunity to review all that the department does and identify modifications that are needed so individuals with disabilities can participate in civic life.

In 2010, Public Works undertook an extensive evaluation of its pedestrian facility program to determine if it was complying with the requirements of the ADA. Public Works needs your help to complete the self-evaluation and plan for the removal of barriers to accessibility. You can participate in the following ways:

Self-Evaluation Study


Transition Plan


Once the self-evaluation is finalized, Public Works will draft a transition plan outlining the budget, resources, and schedule to remove barriers to pedestrian facility access. Public Works will involve the public when developing its transition plan to reflect the values most important to the community.

The final transition plan will be published and made readily available to all interested parties upon its completion.

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ADA Public Right-of-Way Citizen Advisory Committee


Snohomish County’s ADA Public Right-of-Way (ADAPROW) Citizen Advisory Committee members are volunteers appointed by the County Engineer who help develop guidelines and recommendations to handle ADA compliance issues for pedestrian facilities in the public right-of-way.

ADAPROW Citizen Advisory Committee Meetings


The committee meets on a quarterly basis. Meetings are held on the county’s Everett campus and are open to the public.

Next meeting
  • Date: TBD
  • Time: TBD
  • Location: 3000 Rockefeller Ave, Everett, WA
If you wish to attend the meeting and would like to request special accommodations, please email or phone 425-388-6438 (TTY: 711) at least 48 hours in advance, if possible.
Audio recordings of committee meetings from May of 2015 onward are available upon request.


Join the ADAPROW Citizen Advisory Committee


Residents of Snohomish County interested in serving on the ADAPROW Citizen Advisory Committee can contact Public Works in one of the following ways:

     Email: Contact.pwADA@snoco.org
     Phone: 425-388-6438 (TTY: 711)
     Fax: 425-388‐6499
     Mail: ADA Compliance Program – Program Planning
     Snohomish County Public Works
     3000 Rockefeller Avenue, M/S 607
     Everett, WA 98201

ADAPROW Citizen Advisory Committee Bylaws


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Design and Inspection Standards and Guidelines


Public Works uses the following accessibility standards and guidelines in the design and review of construction documents for pedestrian facilities constructed in the public right of way.

EDDS Image Engineering Design & Development Standards, January 22, 2016, Snohomish County Public Works – Snohomish County’s Engineering Design and Development Standards (EDDS) ensure that pedestrian facilities constructed in the public right-of-way meet the requirements of the ADA and additional access standards that reflect the values of the local community. EDDS governs all new construction, reconstruction, and maintenance of pedestrian facilities located in county right-of-way, whether occurring under permit or franchise. These standards apply to both public and private projects.
Accessible Public Rights of Way Logo Revised Draft Guidelines for Accessible Public Rights of Way (PROWAG), November 23, 2005, U.S. Access Board – Although the draft PROWAG has not been adopted as a standard, the Federal Highway Administration recommends that the 2005 Revised Draft Guidelines be applied to projects when the ADA or Section 504 requirements of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 do not fully address a design or construction situation.
MEF Design Review Policy Image MEF Design Review Policy & Procedures – The purpose of the MEF Design Review Policy and Procedure is to ensure proper review and documentation of pedestrian facilities in the public right-of-way that cannot be constructed to fully comply with the requirements of the ADA due to existing constraints. It is also used to ensure that any features or elements that can be made fully compliant shall be made fully compliant.
ADA Decision Matrix Image ADA Decision Matrix – The intent of the ADA Decision Matrix is to provide consistent design guidance to engineers, contractors, and inspectors working in the public rights-of-way of Snohomish County on issues where the ADA is silent, vague or unclear, or where the County requirements are more stringent than the requirements of the ADA.
ADA Measuring Guidelines Image ADA Measuring Guidelines – The purpose of the ADA Measuring Guidelines is to provide consistent guidance to engineers, contractors, and inspectors about how the County measures pedestrian facilities so that they can be evaluated for compliance with ADA standards.

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