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GSA Adopts Access Board’s Public Right-of-Way Accessibility Guidelines into Enforceable Standards

July 9, 2024
Source: U.S. Access Board

On July 3, the General Services Administration (GSA) issued a final rule adopting the Access Board’s Public Right-of-Way Accessibility Guidelines (PROWAG) as part of the Architectural Barriers Act Accessibility Standards (ABAAS). The Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) is a civil rights law that requires federally constructed or leased facilities, and certain facilities constructed or leased with federal funds, to be accessible to people with disabilities. GSA’s standard applies to all facilities subject to the ABA except for facilities belonging to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Department of Defense (DOD), and United States Postal Service (USPS), as they have their own standards.

Upon adoption of PROWAG, all new and altered public rights-of-way subject to ABAAS, such as roads in a national park or streets on a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) campus, will be required to comply with technical accessibility requirements. These requirements include accessibility features such as minimum sidewalk width, accessible pedestrian signals, accessible pedestrian loading zones, and accessible on-street parking.

GSA is the first federal agency to adopt PROWAG for enforcement since the Board issued the guidelines in August of 2023. The Board applauds GSA’s swift work toward ensuring that people with disabilities have equal access to federal facilities. Read more in GSA’s news release.

The Board enforces accessibility standards issued under the ABA. If you have encountered or are aware of an accessibility barrier at a building or facility covered by the ABA, then please file a complaint with the Access Board.

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