Question from property management company about pedestrian access routes and their surface materials

December 11, 2018

Question: A property management company wanted to improve pedestrian access for an employer to a parking area. The new path would connect the parking area to a restricted employee-only entrance. The building already has one accessible restricted employee-only entrance. Is an accessible route required, which may include ramps, or could they construct a simple (inaccessible) path? Furthermore, what surface materials would be best for the path (e.g., asphalt, crushed rock, stone)?

Answer: There is a requirement for only one accessible restricted entrance for Title III entities, like this, but may also include retail shops or restaurants. Section 206.4.7 of the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design applies to this situation. Since an accessible, employee only entrance exists, the new route can be a simple path. Although the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) does not specify surface materials, they should be firm, stable and slip-resistant.