ADA General Information
The City of Seattle strives to make city programs, services, and activities equally accessible to all. Features such as curb ramps, ramps, sidewalks, detectable warnings and street crossings are components of an accessible pedestrian network. The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) prioritizes accessibility improvements to the pedestrian network using the Pedestrian Master Plan and as required by Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulation 28 C.F.R. § 35.150(d)(2) to provide access to city services and facilities.
Click here to see a list of current SDOT initiatives and efforts to provide improved accessibility and inclusion within the Seattle public right-of-way.
For general ADA compliance questions within the Seattle public right-of-way, contact the SDOT ADA Coordinator Mike Shaw at 206-615-1974.
To request accommodation for a disability to provide you with access to a program, service, and/or activity, contact the City of Seattle ADA Coordinator at 206-684-2489 or visit the City of Seattle ADA webpage.
Click here to access Seattle's Curb Ramp Map and Accessible Route Planner. This map is intended to help pedestrians plan routes using City of Seattle curb ramps and sidewalks.
Make an ADA Request
SDOT's Sidewalk Accessibility Program includes planning, prioritization, design and construction of infrastructure to enable residents with disabilities access to Seattle pedestrian facilities. These improvements include curb ramps, accessible pedestrian signals (APS) and new technology evaluations. It should be noted that any request made is subject to prioritization of improvements as determined by SDOT as well as available funding. Some requests for improvements may be deferred if they are found to be infeasible due to existing infrastructure or other limiting constraints.
The goal of the curb ramp program is to improve access to Seattle's network of sidewalks and walkways, particularly those for whom mobility may be limited. Curb ramp design and construction includes a ramp with a tactile warning surface, landings, and necessary sidewalk transitions and (minor) utility modifications.
Curb ramps are installed or improved when streets, roadways, or highways are altered at locations where a sidewalk or pedestrian way intersects a vertical curb at the pedestrian crossing.
The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will install curb ramps as soon as funding allows when requested by qualified individuals with disabilities at locations not otherwise scheduled for improvement. The program is not intended to address community concerns other than access for people with disabilities. To request a curb ramp, contact Brian Dougherty at 206-684-5124 or complete this online form.
Accessible Pedestrian Signal (APS)
An Accessible Pedestrian Signal is pedestrian push button that produces an audible signal and vibration to indicate when it is safe to cross the street. Such devices can be helpful to people who are visually or hearing impaired.
Starting in 2009, a portion of the Sidewalk Accessibility Program funding is set aside for APS improvements.
New Technology Evaluations
Disability advocacy groups occasionally request that SDOT test new, alternative technologies focused on improving accessibility and mobility of people with disabilities within our transportation system. SDOT will devote a portion of our ADA funding to testing and evaluating these new technologies.