The slopes were difficult to detect underfoot and without a level change to indicate the end of a sidewalk, visually impaired pedestrians had little to no warning of impending vehicular hazards. However, a detectable warning system was long overdue and ADA mats have slid easily into place on curb ramps and now benefit the visually impaired, physically disabled, and pedestrians in general.
When installing ADA mats on curb ramps, the most common method is the cost-efficient cast in place, which inserts the safety tiles into fresh concrete sites. With a combination of careful planning, precise measuring and attention to angles, ADA mats can quickly become a seamless safety addition to any curb ramp.
ADA mats on curb ramps not only offer underfoot detectability and audible warnings but also a slip resistant surface which can be appreciated by anyone, on wheels or feet, during winterís worst or an unavoidable rainstorm.
The installation process is just a few easy extra steps for any experienced construction crew. From the initial measurements and outlines to the final pour and broom finish the process is fairly standard and detailed steps and instructional videos for installing ADA mats are available on the Internet.
For the safety of pedestrians as well as drivers, ADA mats are an invaluable addition to any curb ramp that wonít add much hassle or cost to any construction project.