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Archive for: Parking Lot Design

How Many Handicap Parking Spaces do I need on my Parking lot?

Handicap Parking SpacesParking accommodations for people with disabilities is mandatory for businesses to operate within the regulatory guidelines of their geographic location. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, enacted in 1990, any form of discrimination against persons with disabilities is prohibited.

What provisions of the ADA address parking accommodations for people with disabilities?

The ADA Standards for Accessible Design requires all businesses offering goods or services for public consumption to remove barriers that make it more difficult for people with disabilities to use the facilities. The Act defines the number, size and orientation of designated parking spots for the disabled.

Under ADA definitions, what kind of parking spaces should businesses dedicate for disabled parking?

Parking spaces designated for the disabled should have an adjacent access aisle wide enough to allow a wheelchair or a wheelchair lift. The access aisle for car parking should be at least 60 inches in width while van-accessible parking should allow for a 96-inch access aisle.

How many parking spaces should businesses allocate for disabled parking?

The number of parking spaces will be a fixed percentage of the businesses’ total parking spaces, which is typically defined by local laws covering the type of business. A commercial concern with up to 25 parking spaces should designate at least one spot for disabled parking. In this case, providing a 96-inch access aisle would suffice for both car and van accessibility.

With 26 to 50 parking spaces, the minimum number of spots for disabled parking should be two with one each meeting the guidelines for car and van parking. When the total number of parking spaces is between 51 to 75, three spots should be reserved for disabled parking with two of those meeting van-accessibility guidelines.

What other ADA requirements are relevant to disabled parking?

ADA also requires businesses to locate reserved parking stalls as close to the building as possible and with wheelchair-accessible ramps. Parking spaces should be properly designated with the appropriate signage.

How do businesses ensure compliance with ADA parking guidelines?

Businesses should work with experienced and qualified vendors who have knowledge of ADA-compliant parking lot design. Asphalt Pavement Solutions has been in the business since 1983, building a reputation for delivering quality work when it comes to parking lot restriping, asphalt repair,  asphalt sealcoating and pavement maintenance. Reach us today at 1-800-559-SEAL or fill out our free quote form.

We specialize in asphalt paving, asphalt repair, parking lot striping, and asphalt sealcoating —in Philadelphia throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.

Asphalt Parking Lots Require Lots More Than Pavement and Paint

Asphalt Contractor in Camden & PhiladelphiaEven after a new parking lot has been paved and striped, the asphalt specialists at DuraSeal Asphalt Sealing & Line Striping can tell you that there is still much left to do. Without highly visible traffic signs, car stops, bollards, and other traffic directives a parking lot isn’t prepared to manage the flow of traffic from both pedestrians and vehicles.

If you are going to avoid a potential nightmare for visitors and employees – not to mention serious liability – make sure you complete the job right.

Duraseal Asphalt Sealing & Line Striping is an asphalt contractor in the Philadelphia PA and Camden NJ area with over 30 years experience in parking lot design and installation.

The Expert Asphalt Contractor

Naturally, an expert asphalt contractor like Duraseal must be qualified to install or repair an existing lot to ensure that the surface is smooth and water runoff is properly managed. It is also highly recommended that asphalt sealer be applied soon after parking lot installation (no sooner than 90 days). Curb and guttering must also be taken into account.

A comprehensive parking lot design should include adequate signage and stenciled directional markings to ensure safe and efficient traffic control. Asphalt contractors should also install speed bumps and specially marked pedestrian crossings in larger asphalt parking lots that will handle heavy vehicle and pedestrian traffic.

There are also things like concrete vehicle stops and bollards that should be installed to prevent drivers from causing damage to surrounding vehicles and buildings.

Bollards are strong posts that are sunk into the asphalt pavement, sidewalks and nearby landscaped spaces to block incoming vehicles from passing through. They are usually made of concrete or a similar material made up of an aggregate mixture.

Bollards can range in size between anywhere from a few inches in girth and a foot or so in height to as much as a foot thick and four feet high. Often decorative and incorporating lighting, trash receptacles, and other features, they create a streamlined entrance that shows off a property’s overall look.

It’s easy to see that a lot more goes into to creating a safe and efficient asphalt parking lot than simply pavement and paint. Asphalt contractors must have the know-how to install all the “extras” that minimize accidents and security risks in addition to a high level of expertise in grading and paving new parking lots.

DuraSeal Asphalt Sealing & Line Striping, Inc. is an asphalt contractor providing asphalt maintenance and other services to commercial locations throughout Philadelphia PA, Camden NJ and the surrounding areas. DuraSeal also serves residential customers in the Chester, Montgomery, and Delaware counties in Pennsylvania.

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