TPAR Compliant
Pedestrian Access Routes

...because everyone deserves a safe access!

 

Why are TPAR compliant pedestrian walkways so important? First and foremost, TPAR compliant pedestrian access routes are ADA compliant. Having temporary pedestrian walkways be accessible to people with disabilities is one of our main focuses.

TPAR graphic of three people with disabilities


Last November, designers, manufacturers, contractors and MN/Dot gathered at the University of Minnesota to discuss the problems with current pedestrian walkways for people with disabilities…and one overwhelming response was given:

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“I want to be able to do it myself!”

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Even without physical disabilities, it can be challenging for pedestrians to navigate through a construction zone. But what if you were blind, deaf, use a walker, cane, or use a wheelchair?  Maneuvering through a construction zone with its myriad of surfaces, direction changes, warning signs, lights and barriers can be a daunting task … especially when you add vehicular traffic to the equation!

Pedestrian access routes are now required to be ADA compliant

One of the critical tasks for everyone involved in designing, building and managing temporary pedestrian access routes (TPAR) is to ensure that all pedestrian walkways be compliant with the American with Disabilities Act standards and guidelines.

The problem is…

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PROWAG, ADAAG and MUTCD — how do you wade through
all of the regulations & standard for all of these organizations?

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Why was TPAR.com created?

Because there are many different elements that make up a temporary pedestrian access route (TPAR), and one of the most critical pieces is that they be ADA compliant.

This site was created to assist designers and contractors in their understanding all of the TPAR standards and guidelines, so they can design, build and manage Temporary Pedestrian Access Routes…and make them ADA compliant!

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TPAR Compliant means ADA compliant…and much more!

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What you’ll learn on this site

First, we’ll identify and explain in detail the problem with current temporary pedestrian access routes … and specifically their compliance with current American Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.

Then we’ll discuss a solution to the problem. We’ll discuss what the options are to create an acceptable and ADA compliant temporary pedestrian access route.  Finally, you’ll learn details of our ADA compliant devices.

MNDOT logoSo let’s get started, first let’s discuss…

The Problem:  What Standards And Guidelines Should Be Followed To Create An ADA Compliant TPAR?

State and federal regulations require that both permanent and temporary pedestrian access routes comply with ADA standards. Here we’ll identify the problem with current pedestrian access routes, so you clearly understand what needs to be changed.
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The Solution: Creating Clear Standards And Procedures So Contractors Can Design, Build And Manage
ADA Compliant TPAR’s

How can cities, municipalities, and their contractors create a safe environment for all pedestrians, including those with disabilities?  Here we’ll discuss those solutions and the devices necessary to create  ADA compliant temporary pedestrian access routes (TPAR).
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ADA compliant TPAR document

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The TPAR / ADA Compliant Devices And Equipment

Here you’ll learn details of the most critical pieces of a TPAR, including:  The TPAR Pedestrian Barricade, The TPAR Audible Device, The TPAR Curb Ramp, and The TPAR Type IV Barricade.
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