ADA Self Assessment and Transition Plan (ADA SATP)

ADA First Page Graphic

The 2019 Mountlake Terrace ADA Self-Assessment and Transition Plan (ADA SATP) is a federally mandated document that all local agencies must adopt to satisfy the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) which became Federal Law on January 26, 1992. The Act comprises five titles prohibiting discrimination against disabled persons within the United States. Title II (28 CFR Part 35) of the ADA specifically pertains to state and local governments and requires that these agencies create and maintain an ADA SATP.  The ADA ensures that people with disabilities are provided equitable access and mobility along the City of Mountlake Terrace’s right-of-way so that they are able to participate in and enjoy the benefits of the services and activities of state and local governments, places of employment, privately hosted events, parks, businesses, restaurants and other amenities without experiencing discrimination. These efforts are complement the City Council’s Goals.

The ADA SATP consists of six Primary Tasks; they include:

Task 1 - GIS Database Develop a mapping database of City features that include the facilities the City has identified as significant destinations and the barriers that limit access

Task 2 - Stakeholder Engagement and Feedback – Communication with people who have disabilities, is a necessary element of the process to create an effective ADA Transition Plan.  Various measures will be utilized for public outreach.

Previous Measures include:

  • An open house conducted prior to the Planning Commission meeting on July 22, 2019.

Upcoming Measures include:

  • On-Line survey –  Interactive Map to report access barriers -
  • Survey: 
  • Planning Commission Meetings on November 12 and December 9
  • A City Happenings article will be released to inform residents about the ADA SATP

Information collected from these measures will be compiled and reviewed by the Consultant and City Staff to facilitate the development of the ADA SATP.

Task 3 - Self-Assessment Data Collection – An inventory of the deficiencies that limit the mobility and accessibility to individuals with disabilities will be conducted and generally cover portions of the City most significant to people with disabilities. 

The initial scope of the self-assessment data collection will include the following:

  • 25 miles of sidewalk, including individual barriers along the sidewalk
  • 520 curb ramps
  • 50 pedestrian push buttons
  • 200 marked and unmarked crosswalk locations

The data collected will identify the barriers and incorporated into a spreadsheet and GIS mapping.

Task 4 – Barrier Removal – This task identifies how barriers in the public right of way and City facilities will be removed. This can be accomplished through Capital Improvement Projects, Private Development and using funds already identified in the City’s budget.

The consultant team will identify both conventional and location-specific methods in which barriers within the public right-of-way will be removed.  Barriers can include, but are not limited to offsets/cracks in the sidewalk or unimproved shoulders that prevent passage for people with wheelchairs or create tripping hazards for the sight-impaired, curb ramps with excessive grades or missing detection pads, stairs and several other types.

The consultant will also assist in identifying training needs for City staff. The consultant will assist in developing a training framework using existing materials from other local, state, and federal agencies.

Task 5 – Implementation Schedule – The Consultant will coordinate with the City to develop a prioritized implementation schedule for barrier removal. Prioritization of barriers will include input from stakeholders and multi-criteria analysis of the significance of individual barriers.