City of Austin Performance Report 2015-16

Number of Curb Ramps Constructed 

Measure Description
This measure calculates the number of curb ramps constructed within the city of Austin. The City complies with federal and state directives on accessibility for pedestrians and the city at large. In addition to achieving compliance with the Americans’ with Disabilities Act (ADA), curb ramp improvements increase the quality of life for the community by expanding the available network and making travel safer and easier.
Calculation Method
This measure is calculated by summing the total number of constructed curb ramps for a given fiscal year. This measure includes new curb ramps and curb ramps repaired or replaced. All curb ramps constructed or repaired are ADA compliant.
FY 2015-16 Results
The FY 2015-16 result of 548 curb ramps constructed exceeded the target of 507 by 8%.
Assessment of Results
The increase in ramp construction is due primarily to increased capital funding and the dedication of additional resources. Through the implementation of efficient and cost effective construction methods and innovative contracting, the Public Works Department (PWD) has been able to gain more product per dollar spent and dramatically increase the amount of ramps constructed.
Output levels increased in FY 2013-14 and FY 2014-15 due to the availability of 2010 and 2012 Bond program funds along with funding from the PWD operating budget and coordinated efforts with the Annual Service Plan. In FY 2014-15, the Department’s adjustment to the ADA transition plan increased the opportunities to address the important need of ADA accessibility for the citizens.
Next Steps
Continued investment in the sidewalk and curb ramp programs is essential for continuing PWD’s effort on addressing pedestrian accessibility and connectivity. PWD will continue to allocate a portion of operating funds for ramp repairs in FY 2016-17. The recently passed 2016 Mobility Bond dedicated $37 million towards sidewalks and another $27.5 million to infrastructure in support of Safe Routes to School, and will help continue the effort to make improvements in sidewalk accessibility.
Contact Information
For more information contact Mark Cole, Sidewalks and Special Projects, at (512) 974-7019.