Location: Various Locations, Idaho
Owner: Idaho Transportation Department
Client: Idaho Transportation Department
Construction Cost: $2,000,000
- ADA Facility Evaluation/Design
- State/Federal Funding Procedure Compliance
- Accelerated Schedule
- NEPA Documentation
- Categorical Exclusion Documentation
- Final Plans, Specifications, and Estimates (PS&E)
- Specification Development
- Cost Estimate Development
2011 American Council of Engineering Companies National Engineering Excellence Recognition Award
2011 American Council of Engineering Companies Idaho Engineering Excellence Award
2011 Idaho Transportation Department Excellence Award
Lochner was the lead engineer in the development of a federal ARRA stimulus project to improve curb ramps on the state highway system. In coordination with Lochner’s ADA curb ramp inventory and transition project, the firm identified approximately 600 curb ramps in Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) Districts 1, 2, and 3 that could be improved using stimulus funds. The funding was split between five construction projects to allow maximum contractor participation and accelerate the schedule so that all projects could be completed in one summer.
Lochner prepared a concept report, design plans that included over 50 curb ramp details, erosion and sediment control reports, cost estimates, construction schedules, and specifications for all five projects within just 10 weeks. Lochner also completed all required NEPA categorical exclusion documentation, with issues of focus being Section 106, threatened and endangered species, wetlands and water quality, and a draft 404 permit. A mandatory training course was developed to ensure that contractors, subcontractors, and inspection staff were knowledgeable in the ADA standards necessary to make this project a success. The five construction projects received environmental approval and were constructed during the summer of 2010.
This project helped ITD make significant progress in its effort to meet current ADA standards within the public right of way, raised awareness of ADA standards and how to apply them in the public right of way, and allowed people with disabilities more access to public pedestrian facilities in their communities than ever before. The curb ramp details developed during this project served as a basis for the new ITD Sidewalks and ADA Facilities Standard Drawings.