ADA Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan
The Port of Everett is committed to providing equal access to its public programs, services, facilities, and activities for all citizens including those with disabilities. To achieve this end, the Port is developing an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan for the Port’s transportation network (streets, sidewalks, crosswalks, etc.) and recreational facilities in compliance with federal and state law.
The Port is pursuing a phased approach to its ADA Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan. Phase I (Winter 2021 - Spring 2021) is focused on identifying and prioritizing barriers in the Port’s transportation network and select outdoor recreational facilities. Phase I will also establish policies and procedures set by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and involve a public outreach component. Subsequent phases intend to further identify and address barriers in remaining Port facilities including other recreational sites, building facilities, and Port services, programs and activities. The initial scope of the Port’s ADA Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan includes areas within the Port’s destination waterfront from 10th to 18th Streets, west of West Marine View Drive.
To satisfy the requirements set forth by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (CFR 28 Part 35), and WSDOT Local Agency Guidelines Manual (Chapter 29), this ADA Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan intends to:
- identify physical and communicative barriers in the Port of Everett’s transportation network and public recreational facilities that limit the accessibility of its programs, services or activities to individuals with disabilities;
- describe the methods to be used to make the facilities, programs, services or activities accessible;
- provide a schedule for making necessary modifications to provide better access and achieve compliance; and
- identify the public officials responsible for implementation of the plan.
The Port of Everett’s ADA Notice provides more information on the precedent for ADA compliance and the Port’s legal responsibilities.
The Port of Everett has contracted civil engineering firm Transportation Solutions, Inc., and partnering subconsultants to complete the first phase of the Port’s ADA Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan by April 30, 2021.
- Project Kick-off.
- Review/perform self-assessment of transportation network facilities including curb ramps, sidewalks, and interface of sidewalks with driveways.
- Review/perform self-assessment of select recreational facilities including selected parking, trails, docks, and open space accesses.
- Review/perform self-assessment of city’s policies and procedures for accessibility.
- Develop public outreach strategy and initiate public outreach activities including webpage and online survey.
- Develop prioritization criteria for identified barriers in the transportation network and select recreational facilities.
- Refine removal prioritization criteria based on input from port staff, members of the ADA community, and stakeholder groups.
- Conduct virtual public workshop and summarize public outreach findings.
- Prioritize identified barriers in the transportation network and select recreational facilities.
- Submit Draft ADA Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan and present to Port of Everett Commission for review and public comment.
- Revise and submit Final ADA Transition Plan.
Currently, the Port is addressing the items under Winter 2021 of the Project Schedule above.
Upon adoption of the Port’s ADA Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan by the Port of Everett Commission, the Port will provide progress updates to demonstrate where barriers to accessibility have been removed from the public right of way in accordance with the ADA Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan.
Information updated February 1, 2021
Please note: Port of Everett’s Draft ADA Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan is anticipated to be posted here in March 2021. This draft will be available for public comment before a final draft is submitted.