DRO announces class action settlement against ODOT for curb cuts and accessible crossings

Disability Rights Oregon is pleased to announce that the Association of Oregon Centers for Independent Living (AOCIL) and 8 individuals with mobility and/or visual impairments  have entered into a class action settlement agreement with the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) to address missing and non-compliant curb ramps and traffic signals on the entire state highway system. This involves over 12,000 curb ramp locations. ODOT is agreeing to bring them into compliance with the ADA and its regulations over a 15-year period – with 75% of the curb ramps completed by 2027. There are many other important provisions, including the appointment of an Accessibility Consultant, a public complaint process, and a way to request that an audible pedestrian signal be installed.

Below is the Notice of Proposed Settlement Agreement, along with the Settlement Agreement itself and Appendices. There will be 5 public meetings held around the state during January and February, during which people can learn more about the settlement, get their questions answered by DRO, AOCIL, and ODOT, and get a copy of the Settlement Agreement. Dates and locations are available here.

Judge Hernandez will hold a hearing on March 27, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. in the U.S. District Courthouse to determine whether the settlement is fair, adequate, and reasonable.

Any comments or objections regarding the settlement must be sent to DRO, addressed to Tom Stenson (tstenson@droregon.org) by email or mail, and be received by February 22, 2017. If you have questions, please call Tom Stenson at 503 243-2081 or 800 452 1694.

Read the Notice of Proposed Settlement Agreement here.

Read the final settlement agreement here.

Download the Appendix B – Audible Pedestrian Signals here.

Download Appendix C – High Priority Locations here.

ODOT’s Office of Civil Rights Concern, Question, Comment or Request Form: https://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/Pages/ADA-accessibility-requests.aspx

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