City of Austin Performance Report 2014-15

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 2014-15 Results
The FY 2014-15 result of 835 curb ramps constructed was significantly more than the goal of 494.
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, PWD has been able to gain more product per dollar spent and dramatically increase the amount of ramps constructed. Since FY 2004-05, PWD’s goal has been to install over 1,500 ramps by the end of FY 2010-11. In the subsequent years, PWD has installed over 2,000 ramps, well exceeding the long-term goal. Output decreased in FY 2010-11 due to a greater emphasis being placed on new sidewalk construction and a decrease in funding availability. Output levels again increased in FY 2012-13 through FY 2014-15 due to the availability of 2010 and 2012 Bond program funds along with funding from our operational budget and coordinating effort with the Annual Service Plan.
Construction working bending over, shaping a curb ramp.
Next Steps
Continued investment in the sidewalk and curb ramp programs is essential for continuing PWD’s effort on addressing pedestrian accessibility and connectivity. Although PWD will continue to allocate a portion of operating funds for ramp repairs in FY 2015-16, the continued availability of bond funds will be critical in continuing to make improvements in sidewalk accessibility.
Contact Information
For more information contact Mark Cole, Sidewalks and Special Projects, at (512) 974-7019.