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Access Board Resolves 49 Architectural Barriers Act Cases Through Corrective Action in FY 2019

October 21, 2019
Source: U.S. Access Board

The Access Board was created in part to enforce the first federal law to address accessibility, the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) of 1968. This law requires access to buildings or facilities that were designed, built, or altered with federal dollars or leased by federal agencies. The Board also maintains the guidelines upon which the ABA Standards are based.

With passage of other laws, including the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Board’s mission has expanded significantly. It is now responsible for developing and keeping up to date accessibility requirements for the wide array of facilities covered by the ADA, as well as for transportation vehicles and systems. It also issues standards for information and communication technology and for medical diagnostic equipment.

Despite these other duties, the Board continues the important work of enforcing the ABA. We do this through the investigation of complaints from the public. Filing a complaint with the Board is easy to do and can be done through an online form. Complaints should include the name and address of the facility and a brief description of the access barriers or issues. Complaints can be filed anonymously.

The first step of an investigation is to determine whether the facility at issue is covered by the ABA. If so, the next step is to determine whether the facility meets the applicable accessibility standard. If the facility is not subject to the ABA or if it meets the appropriate accessibility standard, the Board will advise the complainant of its findings. Some facilities are not covered by the ABA but by other laws such as the ADA, which is enforced by other agencies and the courts.

If the facility does not meet the applicable standard, the Board will work with the responsible entities to develop a plan to bring the facility into compliance. Complaints are typically resolved amicably with the responsible agencies or departments. Cases remain open until all necessary corrective action is completed. In FY 2019, the Board resolved 49 cases through corrective action.

ABA Cases Resolved Through Corrective Action
(October 1, 2018 to September 30, 2019)

[NOTE: The resolved cases from the Southeast Region (AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN) are listed below. Here is the full list of 49 resolved cases.]

U.S. Postal Facilities

  • U.S. Post Office (Birmingham, Alabama): The Postal Service made alterations to the accessible parking spaces and curb ramp to bring those elements into compliance.
  • U.S. Post Office (Stuart, Florida): The Postal Service installed a required van accessible customer parking space and ensured that the route leading to the accessible entrance complied with the standards.
  • U.S. Post Office (Brooksville, Florida): The Postal Service installed a required van accessible customer parking space.
  • U.S. Post Office (Forest City, North Carolina): The Postal Service took corrective action to move the existing accessible parking space to a location adjacent to the entrance, and to install an associated curb ramp.
  • U.S. Post Office (Douglas, Georgia): The Postal Service took corrective action to adjust, repair, or replace the door closers on the customer entrance doors to lessen (and bring into compliance) the force needed to manually open the doors.
  • U.S. Post Office (Gulfport, Mississippi): The Postal Service took corrective action to adjust, repair, or replace the door closers on the customer entrance doors to lessen (and bring into compliance) the force needed to manually open the doors.
  • U.S. Post Office (Covington, Kentucky): The Postal Service took corrective action to repair the automatic door opener on the customer entrance door.
  • U.S. Post Office (Lyons, Georgia): The Postal Service took corrective action to install an accessible rear entrance ramp, directional signage, and a van accessible parking space.

Military and Veterans Affairs Facilities

  • Greenville VA Health Care Center (Greenville, North Carolina): The Department of Veterans Affairs installed 13 additional accessible parking spaces (for a total of 23, which is the requirement for patient and visitor parking at this outpatient medical facility) in the patient/visitor parking lot.
  • Greenville VA Health Care Center (Greenville, North Carolina): The Department of Veterans Affairs installed 5 additional accessible parking spaces in the employee parking lot.

Parks and Historic Sites

  • Holly Creek Marina (Celina, Tennessee): The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, with the close cooperation of the concessionaire operating this marina on Dale Hollow Lake, corrected deficiencies in the main gangway connecting the main floating dock to the lakeshore, and remediated non-conforming changes of level at the connections between floating docks leading to the Marina’s store and boat slips.

Social Security Administration Offices

  • Social Security Administration (Petersburg, Virginia): The lessor, with the support of the General Services Administration (GSA) and Social Security Administration (SSA), took corrective action to install three new, compliant van accessible parking spaces (with associated signage, access aisles, and curb ramp) on the shortest accessible route to the building entrance.
  • Social Security Administration (Vicksburg, Mississippi): The lessor, with the support of GSA and SSA, took corrective action to install compliant signage for the accessible parking spaces.
  • Social Security Administration (Vicksburg, Mississippi): The lessor, with the support of GSA and SSA, took corrective action to resolve a second complaint concerning signage for the accessible parking spaces.
  • Social Security Administration (Athens, Georgia): The General Services Administration (GSA) took corrective action to repair (and bring into compliance) an inaccessible walkway by replacing uneven brick pavers with a firm and stable concrete surface.

Other Facilities

  • Joel W. Solomon Federal Building and United States Court House (Chattanooga, Tennessee): The General Services Administration’s Public Buildings Service, in consultation with GSA’s Historic Buildings Program, undertook a major project to install a new compliant ramp at one of the main entrances to the historic building. In addition, GSA enlarged the entrance doorway and vestibule and installed a new automatic door opener. For more information on this case, click here.

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