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Report: Sidewalk Accessibility

The City of Hudson has completed auditing sidewalk accessibility. The City of Hudson hired architectural firm Hyman Hayes Associates (HHA) to measure and report on sidewalks between key areas of service in the City of Hudson.

“Everyone deserves access to city services,” says Mayor Kamal Johnson. “To make our services accessible, the sidewalks need to be accessible.”

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The report identfies accessibility barriers

The sidewalk audit reviews sidewalks between Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Promenade Hill Park, City Hall, the Youth Center, the Senior Center, Oakdale Park, the Central Fire Station, and the Police Station. The audit reports on sidewalk and curb ramp barriers and  lists the location of the barrier, the barrier, and how the barrier is not in compliance with ADA standards.

The 270-page reports on hundreds of compliance issues. Issues are identified on aerial maps and drone footage. Each item on a map is paired with an item in a chart that includes location description, compliance issue, the ADA reference code, and additional comments. In addition, there are photographs and close-ups. 

Specific tools were used by the project team to assess conditions and determine compliance with ADA. The tools include:

  1. A self-calibrating, four-foot level with a digital display
  2. An ADA compliance guide
  3. Digital pull scale
  4. Tape measure

Surface slope measurements were evaluated as follows:

  1. Accessible Routes – slope measurements were taken at 20’ max intervals
  2. Ramps – slope measurements were taken at landings, top, bottom, middle (several if
    needed)
  3. Parking Spaces – slope measurements were taken along both sides at the top, middle, and bottom

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A map from the report

“I’m happy to be contributing to our community and advancing this important accessibility project,” says City of Hudson Public Works Commissioner Peter Bujanow, who is managing the project. “This audit will help us understand and address the barriers so that people of all abilities can access City facilities and parks with ease, feel welcomed and included to participate in programs and services, and travel freely and safely at intersections throughout the City.”

“This is an important step to making Hudson a more equitable city,” says Mayoral Aide and ADA Coordinator Michael Chameides.

"During our work, we got to know Hudson well and became captivated by its culture, history, and community," says Dave Loucks, Managing Principal of HHA. "We’re so excited to be a part of the efforts to improve accessibility in the City of Hudson so that everyone can enjoy this charming city."

The sidewalk audit project area was determined by an October 2019 settlement agreement between the United States Department of Justice and the City of Hudson. In addition to the audit, residents can also report ADA barriers.

Now that the audit is complete and barriers have been identified, the City of Hudson will create a plan for sidewalk ADA compliance. Property owners are responsible for maintaining accessible sidewalks and curb ramps. The City of Hudson Common Council is also exploring alternative solutions to improve sidewalks.

The sidewalk audit is one of several active projects to improve street accessibility and safety, including Promenade Hill Park redesign, Hudson Connects street improvements, Empire State Trail, Dugway, new crosswalk signals, new crosswalks, Ferry Street bridge construction, Truck Route study, and improvements at the intersection of Green and Fairview.

About HHA

Founded in 1992, HHA provides architecture, interior design, and structural engineering services to healthcare, government, and higher education clients. We are recognized for our hands-on approach by our principals and responsive client service to develop and maintain long-lasting relationships.

 

Learn more about City of Hudson ADA