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Commercial Ramps


Commercial Ramp 1

While basically adhering to ADA requirements this ramp is quite lengthy. It is narrow with little passing room when being used by someone in a wheelchair. Ambulatory users will also find this a tight squeeze. Especially if using a walker or a cane. Landings at each of the 3 switchbacks are narrow leaving little room for individuals needing to stop for a short rest before tackling the next uphill stretch.

Commercial Ramp 2

This commercial ramp exceeds most of the basic ADA requirements. The slope of the entire ramp is appropriate and wide enough to accommodate passing foot traffic. A small bench has been installed on the wide switchback landing to accommodate individuals needing a short rest while still allowing traffic to pass unimpeded.  A wide covered porch at the doorway provides protection from the weather and allows wheelchair users enough space to safely get the door open.

Commercial Ramp 3

This ramp is designed to provide mobility access from an upper parking lot to a lower level entryway without a direct wheelchair unloading zone. Access to the main part of the building is provided by an elevator. While lengthy it is still narrow and barely within ADA standards for a commercial ramp. The wheelchair user in the above picture is using smaller junior sized power wheelchair. Larger adults or those with equipment attached will have difficulty accessing this ramp.

This ramp is shaded for a good portion of the day and as such is subject to frequent icing making the surface treacherous at times.

By slightly widening the sidewalk from the upper level parking lot wheelchair users would be able to easily transverse the slope to the lower entry. The sidewalk is in full sun most of the day which decreases incidents of icing in all but the most adverse of weather conditions.

We usually prefer to take the sidewalk.