ENGROSSED HOUSE BILL NO. 1077


                                                           AS AMENDED BY THE SENATE


                                                                            C 173 L 89



State of Washington                               51st Legislature                              1989 Regular Session


By Representatives Ebersole, Crane, Walk, Dellwo, Haugen, Todd, Smith, Gallagher, O'Brien, Brough, Ballard, Rector, Heavey, Jones, D. Sommers, Ferguson, Wineberry, H. Myers, G. Fisher, Miller, Phillips and Valle



Read first time 1/13/89 and referred to Committee on Local Government.



AN ACT Relating to curb ramps for handicapped persons; and amending RCW 35.68.075.




        Sec. 1.  Section 1, chapter 83, Laws of 1973 as amended by section 1, chapter 137, Laws of 1977 ex. sess. and RCW 35.68.075 are each amended to read as follows:

          (1) The standard for construction ((of curbs)) on any county road, or city((,)) or town street, ((or any connecting street or town road)) for which curbs ((and sidewalks have been prescribed by the governing body of the county, town, or city having jurisdiction thereover)) in combination with sidewalks, paths, or other pedestrian access ways are to be constructed, shall be not less than two ramps per lineal block on or near the crosswalks at intersections.  Such ramps shall be at least thirty-six inches wide and so constructed as to allow reasonable access to the crosswalk for physically handicapped persons, without uniquely endangering blind persons.

          (2) Standards set for curb ramping under subsection (1) of this section shall not apply to any curb existing upon enactment of this section but shall apply to all new curb construction and to all replacement curbs constructed at any point in a block which gives reasonable access to a crosswalk.

          (3) Upon September 21, 1977, every ramp thereafter constructed under subsection (1) of this section, which serves one end of a crosswalk, shall be matched by another ramp at the other end of the crosswalk.  However, no ramp shall be required at the other end of the crosswalk if there is no curb nor sidewalk at the other end of the crosswalk.  Nor shall any matching ramp constructed pursuant to this subsection require a subsequent matching ramp.

                                                                                                                           Passed the House April 15, 1989.


                                                                                                                                         Speaker of the House.


                                                                                                                          Passed the Senate March 29, 1989.


                                                                                                                                       President of the Senate.