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Checking the ADA curb ramp requirements is fairly easy when you use and run an ADA compliance check at Minimal tools and requires no knowledge or understanding of the ADA codes; you just take a few measurements, answer a couple of questions and get you ADA results instantly!

Ground Rules

There are some important points you should understand to perform the survey and produce a quality ADA compliance report.

  • The printable survey form  will have more questions at the time of inspection than the online form
  • When you provide the information to the online form be sure that you are providing the correct data from the proper part of the survey form.
  • Using a slope meter is recommended, the display should be set to output percentage

Tools you will need

Curb Ramp

Curb Ramp Type

To get the correct results from your ADA inspection of you curb ramp you will need to identify the type of curb ramp that it is. Choose one of the three listed, the illustrations below will help you identify the correct type of curb ramp.

Side Walk Ramps  

Corner or Diagonal Ramp  

Built-Up Curn Ramp

RRamps at Island  

Curb ramp has a top landing

Some curb ramp may not have a top landing, this occurs for various reasons; be sure to check this box otherwise you may get incorrect results upon running the compliance check.  

Transitions are smooth where ramp joins sidewalk, street or gutters

This question will be answered by you doing a visual inspection of the area leading to and off of the ramp. Check for changes in level such as a lip or raised edge where the ramp meets the gutter or roadway, or where the top of the ramp meets the landing.

Curb ramp is at marked crossing

If the curb ramp is at a marked crossing or crosswalk you should select the check box and then proceed to answer the ramp wholly contained within the marked crossing; the ramp itself must be within the crossing.

Type of curb ramp sides

Curb ramp side are typically flared or have returned corners or edges that flow in the direction of pedestrian travel, use the image illustrated here to help make the correct selection.  

Ramp Details

Ramp Width

The ramp width is measured across from edge to edge of the running slope, the side flares or curbs should not be included in the measurement.

Ramp Slope

Ramp slope is measured in the direction of travel, so place your slope meter length-wise in the directional of travel to get an accurate reading.

Cross Slope

Cross slope is measured across the running slope of the ramp; the length of the slope meter should be from side to side.

Side Flare Slope

If your ramp has side flares you need to get a slope reading and record it. The slope of the side flares should be measured as if you were going up the side flare; take reading at slightly different angles and record the highest reading. If the curb ramp is a corner type you may need to indicate the length of the curb segment on each side of the curb ramp.

Returned curb edges are in direction of pedestrian travel

If your ramp side are returned rather than flared you will need to mark the checkbox if the returned curbs are in the direction of pedestrian traffic, meaning that your path can continue without making an immediate turn.

Top and Bottom Landing

Top Landing Length

If your curb ramp has a top landing you will need to provide the length of the top landing no the nearest edge of obstruction such as a wall or planter. The measurement is taken from the edge of the ramp where it transitions to the top landing, to the nearest obstruction.

Top Landing Width

If your curb ramp has a top landing you will need to provide this width; the width of the top landing should be at least as wide as the ramp itself, excluding side flares and curbs.

Top Landing Slope/Cross Slope

The top landing slope should be measured in multiple location and direction to ensure that the landing meets the minimum slope requirement.

Bottom Landing Length

Measure the length of the bottom landing starting at the transition from the ramp to the roadway or path; you should need to measure more than 60 inches, then indicate if the landing is within marked crossings by selecting the check box.

Bottom Landing Slope/Cross Slope

The bottom landing slope should be measured in multiple location and direction to ensure that the landing meets the minimum slope requirement.