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ADA Compliance Decision Support System

Location: Statewide, Maryland Client: Maryland State Highway Administration

JMT was challenged with the task of providing geodatabase design and application development services to define a consolidated data model as well as develop an application to automate ADA compliance reporting.

For those with disabilities, roads and sidewalks must not only be accessible but safe for mobility. When the SHA set business goals to improve ADA compliance for sidewalks along State maintained roadways for each reporting year, a new method was needed to create quicker, more accurate reporting processes and to ensure that the most critical need areas were addressed first.

Using the compliance data requirements from SHA's Accessibility Policy & Guidelines for Pedestrian Facilities along State Highways, JMT designed and developed a decision support system to analyze and present ADA data using GIS and web technologies. This allowed JMT to identify potential facilities and characteristics needed to support reporting ADA compliance and prioritization of improvements.  These facilities included sidewalks, ramps, bus stops and other attributes related to physical features.

In the past, SHA was required to merge all of the data from various County databases and compile quarterly reports manually. The web reporting and snapshot system developed by JMT automatically compiles data showing the ADA compliance at locations of pedestrian incidents and fatalities, public and government facilities, and those areas where improved mobility for the disabled is needed for the entire state of Maryland.

With ADA compliance data at their fingertips, SHA dramatically reduced the hours needed to create required reports and has an evaluation tool to improve the quality of mobility for citizens with disabilities. Cost savings to the SHA were realized during the project development process by condensing projects and streamlining funding through the Consolidated Transportation Program.

The American Council of Civil Engineers (ACEC)/Maryland presented JMT with the 2009 Honor Award for Studies, Research, and Consulting Engineering Services.

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