## What is the minimum slope for a sidewalk?

A defined walkway is required across all driveways. The defined walkway will consist of a paved area 4 ft. wide, at minimum, with a cross slope of 1% (2.0% maximum) to meet ADA standards.

## What are ADA requirements for sidewalks?

For ADA compliance, the minimum sidewalk width is 36 inches (3 feet), though sidewalks can be wider. If sidewalks are less than 60 inches (5 feet) wide, passing spaces must be constructed every 200 feet.

**What is the maximum slope for a sidewalk before it needs the requirements of an accessible ramp?**

8.33%

An ADA curb ramp must have no more than a 1:12 ratio, or no greater than a 8.33% slope. The ADA also requires slopes to be consistent from end to end; a ramp must have a uniform slope.

### Is 5% slope considered a ramp?

Ramps and curb ramps are required along accessible routes to span changes in level greater than ½”. Elevators and, under certain specified conditions, platform lifts, can be used as an alternative. Portions of accessible routes with running slopes steeper than 5% also must be treated as ramps.

### What is a sidewalk cross slope?

Sidewalk cross slopes are 2.0% or less. For example, a segment with the maximum allowed running slope of 8.33% would require 5′ x 5′ landing every 30′. • Sidewalk running slopes meet any of the following conditions: – The sidewalk is at the same grade as the roadway, regardless how steep the roadway grade is.

**What is a 2% cross slope?**

A cross slope of 1:50 translates to a 1 foot rise in a 50-foot run, a 2 percent grade or about a 1/4 inch slope per foot of ramp width. To be ADA compliant, a ramp 4 feet wide could not have a cross slope greater than 1 inch. ADA Compliance: ADA Ramp.

## Do all sidewalks have to be ADA compliant?

There is no obligation under the ADA for a local municipality to provide sidewalks. However, if sidewalks are constructed they must be fully compliant with the ADA.

## What is the maximum allowable slope for a ramp?

the U.S. per the US ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act), a ramp is a sloping route constructed with a slope greater than 1:20 (one inch of vertical rise for every 20 inches of horizontal length, or run) and must conform to the standard ADA specifications for ramps. Ramps may have a maximum slope of 1:12.

**Should a sidewalk be level?**

level on top of the gauge board to keep forms level from side to side. To keep your finished sidewalk dry—slope the forms. Our sidewalk path’s consistent, natural slope away from the house toward the street provided good drainage.

### What is the maximum allowed slope for a sidewalk?

The running slope should be as flat as possible, up to a maximum of 5%. However, sidewalks may follow the slope of the adjacent roadway if less than 5% is technically infeasible. Sidewalks across private and commercial approaches will be the same thickness as the paved approach and will maintain less than 2.0% cross slope.

### What is a running grade on a sidewalk?

The running slope, or grade is defined as the slope parallel to the direction of travel, with the running grade defined as the average grade along a continuous grade. The grade of a sidewalk should be as level as possible allowing easy use by travelers.

**What is the maximum sidewalk cross-slope allowed on a residential street?**

ADAAG should change their requirements so that the maximum sidewalk cross-slope is 3 percent and the minimum slope is 1.5 percent. Based on the research cited, the 3 percent maximum is reasonable.

## How much passing space do you need on a 5 foot sidewalk?

For sidewalk widths less than 5 ft., a 5 ft. by 5 ft. passing space is to be provided at intervals no greater than 200 ft. The cross slope on all accessible routes must be 1.0% minimum to 2.0% maximum. The running slope should be as flat as possible, up to a maximum of 5%.