GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS ON TACTILE WARNING SURFACES
Below are some of the basic Regulations put forth by the Federal Government in regard to materials and installation required to meet the ADA Mandate in respect to Detectable Warnings.
REVISED ADA Tile Requirements:
Accessible Public Rights-Of-Way (11/23/05)
R304 Detectable Warning Surfaces
R304.1 General. Detectable warnings shall consist of a surface of truncated domes aligned in a square or radial grid pattern and shall comply with R304.
R304.1.1 Dome Size. Truncated domes in a detectable warning surface shall have a base diameter of 23 mm (0.9 in) minimum to 36 mm (1.4 in) maximum, a top diameter of 50 percent of the base diameter minimum to 65 precent of the base diameter maximum, and a height of 5 mm (0.2 in).
R304.1.2 Dome Spacing. Truncated domes in a detectable warning surface shall have a center-to-center spacing of 41 mm (1.6 in) minimum and 61 mm (2.4 in) maximum, and a base-to-base spacing of 17 mm (.65 in) minimum, measured between the most adjacent domes.
R304.1.3 Contrast. Detectable warning surfaces shall contrast visually with adjacent gutter, street or highway, or walkway surface, either light-on-dark, or dark-on-light.
R304.1.4 Size. Detectable warning surfaces shall extend 610 mm (24 in) minimum in the direction of travel and the full width of the curb ramp (exclusive of flares), the landing, or the blended transition.
R304.2 Location and Alignment
R304.2.1 Perpendicular Curb Ramps. Where both ends of the bottom grade break complying with R303.3.4 are 1.5 m (5.0 ft) or less from the back of the curb, the detectable warning shall be located on the ramp surface at the bottom grade break. Where either end of the bottom grade break is more than 1.5 m (5.0 ft) from the back of the curb, the detectable warning shall be located on the lower landing.
R304.2.2 Landings and Blended Transitions. The detectable warning shall be located on the landing or blended transition at the back of the curb.
R304.2.3 Alignment. The rows of truncated domes in a detectable warning surface shall be aligned to be perpendicular or radial to the grade break between the ramp, landing, or blended transition and the street.
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