ADA Architectural Survey

TDOT's architectural surveys were performed by two consulting firms working in conjunction with TDOT's ADA/504 Public Accessibility Office and maintenance staff. All TDOT-owned facilities were surveyed by the consultants using ADAAG 28CFR Part 36 as the standard. The resulting checklist addressed areas of compliance and non-compliance with ADAAG in the areas of parking, exterior paths of travel, entrances, interior paths of travel, restrooms, service counters and meeting rooms.

Because most of the transportation buildings were built in the 1950s and 1960s, many facilities had some areas of noncompliance. This varied in degree of severity. A summary of each survey was prepared. The summaries and checklists are being used by TDOT Maintenance Division to determine barrier removal and to prioritize complete facility replacement. Assessments can be viewed as part of the Transition Plan.

Over 140 employees have received extensive ADAAG training to ensure that modifications to buildings are done correctly and that facilities remain barrier free.

Standard language for contracts and Requests for Proposals was reviewed to require all TDOT-contracted work be in done in compliance with ADA/504. Plans reviews and site inspections for ADA/504 compliance must be prepared before TDOT can award payment. To view the TDOT ADA/504 Compliance Assessment Form (pdf), click here.

If you have any concerns, suggestions or questions about accessibility into any Tennessee Department of Transportation facility, please contact us.

Margaret Zeman Mahler
Public Accessibility Manager
Tennessee Department of Transportation
505 Deaderick St., Suite 400
Nashville, TN 37243
Phone: 615.741.4984
TTY: 615.253.8311
Margaret.Z.Mahler@tn.gov