City of Torrance Public Works Department Engineering Division
Project Engineer: Lubna Arikat
The Residential Curb, Gutter Sidewalk Replacement Program is part of a multi-year program included in the City's adopted FY2007-11 Capital Budget. The project provides for the replacement of damaged curbs, gutters and sidewalks; installation of curb ramps that are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA"); and removal and replanting of parkway trees. Since 2007, the primary focus of the Program has been to install ADA-compliant curb ramps at locations where they currently are non-existent. These are locations where there is a 6-inch or 8-inch high concrete curb along the corner radius of an intersection. The goal is to remove the existing concrete curb and sidewalk along the corner radius and then install a new ADA-compliant curb ramp. This will create a continuous path of travel for both pedestrians and physically-challenged individuals that use either battery-operated carts or wheelchairs.
In FY2007, Public Works installed approximately 430 new ramps in the area between 190th Street and Sepulveda Boulevard.
In FY2008, Public Works installed approximately 167 new ramps in the area north of 190th Street up to the northern City boundary.
For the final phase of this project, Public Works will install curb ramps on all City streets south of Sepulveda Boulevard to the southern City boundary. The work will extend across the east-west City limits, and there are approximately 500 missing ramps to be installed.
These pictures show a pedestrian crosswalk in a residential area where an access ramp previously did not exist and after it was installed. A Detectable Warning Surface (DWS) was installed on the top surface of the ramp. The DWS is a tactile panel with raised dimples that alerts visually impaired individuals they have approached an area where their path of travel crosses the path vehicle traffic.