Other accessibility improvements

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Other methods to improve accessibility

In addition to the ADA Improvement Program, there are several other programs in place that will result in accessibility improvements:
Pierce County Programs

Sidewalk Maintenance Program
This maintenance work includes vegetation trimming, crack filling, grinding uneven surfaces, casting new concrete sidewalk panels, and maintaining asphalt pedestrian paths in the public right-of-way.
Spot safety improvements
Some limited improvements built by county forces may be made as a result of a citizen request about a specific access issue.
Traffic signal improvements
This operations and maintenance work includes the replacement of accessible pedestrian push buttons.
Roadway resurfacing programs
This preservation work, which includes asphalt overlays, may result in changes to crosswalks, which trigger requirements for accessible curb ramps.
Road improvement projects
These projects are built to increase roadway capacity, increase traffic safety, add new corridor connections, support economic development, improve intersections, support non-motorized transportation and more. When a project alters an existing pedestrian facility, the facilities are made ADA compliant to the maximum extent feasible.
Other Programs

Developer improvements
When private developments alter existing pedestrian facilities, the developer must make them accessible to the maximum extent feasible.
External agency work
Agencies such as utility companies, public transit agencies, the Washington State Department of Transportation, and nearby jurisdictions may build or alter pedestrian facilities within the Pierce County right-of-way.
Pierce County regularly reviews and improves design standards, policies and procedures to make sure newly-built infrastructure is ADA compliant and does not require a future retrofit or improvement.