Crosswalk at 176th St E
ADA Overview

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 outlaws discrimination against people with disabilities in all areas of public life.

Title II of the ADA mandates Pierce County to develop a Self-Evaluation Report (28 CFR § 35.105) and an ADA Transition Plan (28 CFR § 35.150). These two documents support making pedestrian facilities comply with the ADA. Both focus on county-owned facilities within the road right-of-way in unincorporated Pierce County.

  • The Self-Evaluation Report looks at county policies and whether existing pedestrian facilities located in the public right-of-way comply with the ADA.
  • The ADA Transition Plan outlines how Pierce County will update these pedestrian facilities to comply with the ADA.
2013 2014 2015 2016–2018 2019 2020 
Self-Evaluation and Facility Inventory Self-Evaluation Report publishedDevelop ADA Transition Plan elements, including scoring matrix and cost modelingPublic comment period for ADA Transition Plan

ADA Transition Plan approved by Council


Public Outreach (Nov. 2014 to Dec. 2019) 
About the Self-Evaluation Report

Our Self-Evaluation Report was completed in 2015. As part of the process, we:
  • Collected an inventory of pedestrian facilities, from summer 2013 to spring 2015. Since 2015, it has been updated as new facilities are built or existing facilities are improved.
  • Reviewed existing policies, and created new policies to ensure future projects comply with the ADA.
  • Gathered feedback from the public about:
    • which types of defects pose the biggest barriers to access.
    • which locations are most important for the public to access without barriers.
The feedback was gathered during four public meetings held in November 2014 and from an online survey.