curb cut

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curb cut

 [kerb kut]
a portion of the curb that is removed so that the sidewalk gently slopes to the street, thus increasing access to the environment for individuals in wheelchairs.

curb cut

, curb ramp (kĕrb)
An area in which a sidewalk has been modified or designed to eliminate the vertical curb. By providing a gradual slope to the street at this point, an environmental obstacle has been removed, thus improving access for persons with wheelchairs, those who have difficulty walking, or for persons pushing wheeled vehicles.
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The state will give high priority to missing curb ramps and existing ones that present a barrier to access as a result of having a too-steep slope that puts them at risk of losing control of the wheelchair; a lip at the bottom of the ramp that's too high, potentially stranding people with wheelchairs in the street; and insufficient space on adjacent sidewalks for wheelchairs to negotiate turns.
If a cue provides good information on alignment even when it is misaligned to the slope, we speculate that it should work as well or better on a level surface, such as the landing of a parallel curb ramp.
It is easy to violate curb ramp requirements because there are many components to address, including how a curb ramp meets the adjacent sidewalk, curb and street For example, the bottom of a curb ramp often meets a gutter; the flares of a flared-type curb ramp meet a curb; and the top of the curb ramp meets the route that continues through the site.
Our solution is to train engineers in the department on curb ramp design, including the appropriate use of truncated domes.
Tier II cuts serve residential and other non-commercial areas where pedestrian walkways exist, and a public entity should be given 10 years from the effective date to install the necessary curb ramps.
The ADA provides strict guidelines on how to construct curb ramps, recommending slopes of a certain degree, how tall the truncated domes must be, the spacing of the domes and other design specifications - down to the allowable millimeter.
Counter slopes of adjoining gutters and road surfaces immediately adjacent to the curb ramp not be steeper than 1:20
The Access Board has issued a 4-page list of resources for curb ramp materials and surfaces.
The article I selected to highlight in this essay, "Impact of Curb Ramps on the Safety of Persons Who are Blind," by Billie Louise "Beezy" Bentzen and Janet Barlow, published results of research that was specifically designed to answer a controversial question.
If a curb ramp is located where pedestrians must walk across it or where it is not protected by handrails or a guardrail, it shall have flared sides with a minimum slope of 1:10 (1" vertical rise in a 10" horizontal length).
Contractor to furnish all labor, materials, equipment and operations necessary to complete the following work for select improvements to existing sidewalk curb ramps along local and major roadways in the Southeast and Southwest areas of Cape Coral (see Attachment A, Map of Project Area and Attachment B, Sidewalk Curb Ramp Locations).
The council approved a five-year curb ramp program, but no money is set aside for other repairs.