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Pavement Markings – ADA COMPLIANCE


Pavement Marking
A parking lot is one of the first things noticed by customers, clients, and visitors entering a facility. The color contrast of a newly striped lot is attractive and is a good indication that the property owner emphasizes maintenance. A poorly marked lot or worn out layout will stick out as a poorly maintained and neglected unsafe lot.


A well-marked parking lot directs people safely around the parking area. Crosswalks, stop bars, loading-zone markings, and properly marked pickup areas, inform pedestrians where they should walk, when to give right-of-way to traffic, and what areas to avoid.  The safety of both vehicle and pedestrian traffic is enhanced by painting lines in parking lots to designate parking spaces.  Traffic is managed successfully by using direction lanes, arrows, no parking areas, fire lanes etc.


CSS Industries, LLC is equipped to handle any size striping job (new layout and restriping) using modern airless spray equipment.  With the introduction of stringent ADA laws, we can evaluate your parking lot and ensure that all code requirements are met.

 
A newly striped parking lot will put the finishing touches on any paving or seal coat project! It’s like the icing on a cake.


ADA Guidelines
Signed into law in July 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) affects every property owner. Regardless of company size, all businesses must now have the proper amount of handicapped-accessible parking stalls, and required van parking spaces.


Municipalities require parking lots (at commercial or large residential properties) to be striped up to ADA requirements before an operating permit is issued. In addition, they must also have a minimum number of assigned handicapped parking spaces per x amount of parking stalls provided.

 

Parking Lot Striping Design Considerations
Maximize Space

A property owner aims to get the most cars possible into a parking lot to maintain cost-effectiveness. The proper layout and parking lot striping can help meet this goal.


Efficient Traffic Flow
Customers want parking lots that allow them to enter, park, and exit quickly and safely. Attractive and properly placed parking stalls, arrows, and handicapped-reserve signs help to efficiently direct travelers.


Designated Parking
Before striping , it important to consider whether a parking lot needs designated parking spaces for disabled persons, customers, employees, visitors, or other individuals.

Layout Options
Providing the most stalls possible in a functional parking lot is the main goal of a layout.
The straight-in design (90°) always allows for the most stalls; but, for a variety of reasons, angled stalls (45°, 60° or 75°) are sometimes an alternative.


Angled stalls, on the other hand, are easier for drivers to turn into and back out of and require a narrower lane. In addition, angled stalls provide a controlled one-way traffic flow and create a herringbone design that many owners find appealing. Unfortunately, the greater the angle, the more space is taken up.

 


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