Infrastructure needs routine maintenance as it ages. Much like people, structures weaken over time and need repairs. Bridges are critical in providing access over waterways and highways. We count on them to get from one place to another. But what if you were in a wheelchair and needed access to a building and this was your way in?
New construction occasionally ignores certain guidelines
As you can imagine, new construction is popping up all the time. Occasionally, there are design flaws that do not follow the ADA or building code for accessibility. In case you were wondering, the building code has more guidelines than the ADA. Despite this, in some cases, a design will go through architects, engineers, builders and inspectors but still miss on both. So are these guidelines simply overlooked or ignored?
Why is this still a thing?
Safe access for all
I wish I had an answer for why this continues to happen. It shouldn’t take a bridge falling on people to draw attention to our nation’s crumbling bridges. Likewise, it should not take someone getting excluded from an event or business because of accessibility shortfalls.