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Parking Lot Restriping for ADA Compliance

Making sure your parking lot is ADA compliant is a project that many property owners/managers seem to put off until absolutely necessary. The task may seem challenging at first, but it is something that eventually will have to be done and done correctly. Restriping parking lots to meet ADA Standards for Accessible Design requirements is the responsibility of all businesses, State or local government agencies, or other covered entities. Failure to do so would violate the ADA, and that is definitely not worth the risk, especially since restriping is relatively inexpensive.

So how do you restripe your parking lot need so that it is ADA compliant? The ADA Business Brief is a helpful guide and provides key information about how to create accessible car and van spaces, as well as how many spaces to provide when parking lots are restriped. Below are the items that are outlined in the brief:


Accessible Parking Spaces for Cars

Accessible parking spaces for cars have at least a 60-inch-wide access aisle located adjacent to the designated parking space. The access aisle is just
wide enough to permit a person using a wheelchair to enter or exit the car. These parking spaces are identified with a sign and located on level ground.


Van-Accessible Parking Spaces

Van-accessible parking spaces are the same as accessible parking spaces for cars except for three features needed for vans:


One of eight accessible parking spaces, but always at least one, must be van-accessible.

(illustration showing a van with a side-mounted wheelchair lift
lowered onto a marked access aisle at a van-accessible parking space.
A person using a wheelchair is getting out of the van.
A dashed line shows the route from the lift to the sidewalk.)

Minimum Number of Accessible Parking Spaces

ADA Standards for Accessible Design 4.1.2(5)

Total Number of Parking Spaces Provided (per lot)

(Column A)
Total Minimum Number of Accessible Parking Spaces (60″ & 96″ aisles)

Van-Accessible Parking Spaces with min. 96″ wide access aisle

Accessible Parking Spaces with min. 60″ wide access aisle

1 to 25




26 to 50




51 to 75




76 to 100




101 to 150




151 to 200




201 to 300




301 to 400




401 to 500




501 to 1000

2% of total parking providedin each lot

1/8 of Column A*

7/8 of Column A**

1001 and over

20 plus 1 for each 100 over 1000

1/8 of Column A*

7/8 of Column A**

one out of every 8 accessible spaces ** 7 out of every 8 accessible parking spaces

Features of Accessible Parking Spaces for Cars



(plan drawing showing an accessible parking space for cars
with a 96 inch wide designated parking space,
a 60 inch wide min. marked access aisle and the following notes)

Sign with the international symbol of accessibility mounted high enough so it can be seen while a vehicle is parked in the space.


Three Additional Features for Van-Accessible Parking Spaces


(plan drawing showing a van-accessible parking space
with a 96 inch wide designated parking space, a 96 inch wide min.
marked access aisle and the following notes)



Accessible parking spaces must be located on the shortest accessible route of travel to an accessible facility entrance. Where buildings have multiple accessible entrances with adjacent parking, the accessible parking spaces must be dispersed and located closest to the accessible entrances.

When accessible parking spaces are added in an existing parking lot, locate the spaces on the most level ground close to the accessible entrance. An accessible route must always be provided from the accessible parking to the accessible entrance. An accessible route never has curbs or stairs, must be at least 3- feet wide, and has a firm, stable, slip-resistant surface. The slope along the accessible route should not be greater than 1:12 in the direction of travel.

Accessible parking spaces may be clustered in one or more lots if equivalent or greater accessibility is provided in terms of distance from the accessible entrance, parking fees, and convenience. Van-accessible parking spaces located in parking garages may be clustered on one floor (to accommodate the 98-inch minimum vertical height requirement).


Free Technical Assistance

Answers to technical and general questions about restriping parking lots or other ADA requirements are available by telephone on weekdays. You may also order the ADA Standards for Accessible Design and other ADA publications, including regulations for private businesses or State and local governments, at any time day or night. Information about ADA-related IRS tax credits and deductions is also available from the ADA Information Line.

Department of Justice

ADA Information Line

800-514-0301 (voice)

800-514-0383 (TTY)


ADA Website and ADA Business Connection

You may also review or download information on the Department’s ADA Internet site at any time. The site provides access to the ADA Business Connection and the ADA design standards, ADA regulations, ADA Policy Letters, technical assistance materials, and general ADA information. It also provides links to other Federal agencies, and updates on new ADA requirements and enforcement efforts.


Ready for Restriping?

Pavement Corporation would be happy to come out and assess your parking lot for ADA Compliance. Contact us today at 855.976.8465 x1008 or info@pavementcorp.com to schedule an appointment.


Permeable Pavement: Saving Money and the Environment in Prince George’s County

Great news Prince George’s County, Maryland property owners/managers! In the effort to improve quality of life for its communities, Prince George’s County has partnered with Chesapeake Bay Trust (CB Trust) and is offering a Rain Check Rebate Program that promotes green solutions to stormwater runoff.  Stormwater runoff occurs when rain (or snowmelt) flows over the land picking up pollutants such as oil, grease, sediment and nutrient which make their way into local streams and rivers. As a Prince George’s County certified business and active members of its community, we would like to do our part and help improve stormwater runoff quality and reduce stormwater runoff quantity, as well as the health of our local waterways, by offering our services to help make this the Rain Check Rebate Program a success.

The Rain Check Rebate program allows property owners to get rebates for installing approved stormwater practices such as rain barrels, cisterns, rain gardens, green roofs, urban tree canopies, and our area of expertise, permeable pavement. As stated on the Chesapeake Bay Trust Permeable Pavement Fact Sheet, permeable pavement allows stormwater to slowly seep through (infiltrate), reaching the soil and replenishing the groundwater below the surface. A variety of permeable pavement materials are available, such as interlocking pavers, porous asphalt, pervious concrete, and manufactured grass pavers. Interlocking pavers consist of precast blocks (primarily brick or concrete) that are aligned in such a way that water is able to pass between the voids between successive blocks.



What are the benefits to property owners and communities?


Who is Eligible for a Rebate?

The following entities are eligible for a rebate: individuals, commercial businesses, multi-family dwellings, homeowner associations, condominium associations, civic associations, non-profit organizations, and not-for-profit organizations including housing cooperatives.  Individual members of a housing cooperative may apply for rebates under the residential incentives category.


How much can be awarded?

$4,000 for residential property owners; $20,000 for commercial properties, multi-family dwellings, nonprofit, and not-for-profit organizations, homeowners associations,condominium associations, and civic associations. Please see the eligibility requirements for more details.


For more information or to apply for the Rain Check Rebate Program, click HERE.

If you need an estimate or would like more information about permeable pavement services, contact us at info@pavementcorporation.com.


Potholes Repair for Less

It’s that time of year again – Pothole Season. As a business owner and/or property manager, potholes and other pavement damage to your roads and parking not only hurt your car, but they also hurt your business. They make your business appear unprofessional, unsafe, and ultimately unreliable. After all, your roads and parking lots are often times your customer’s first impression, and as you know, first impressions can make or break a deal.

So why aren’t more property managers fixing pavement problems? As with most repair and maintenance issues, it all boils down to two things – money and time. Asphalt repairs end up being too costly or there is simply no time to deal with the inconvenience of parking lot or roadway repairs. However, there is a fairly new infrared asphalt repair technology that is proving to be the answer to most parking lot and road repair nightmares. It’s faster, costs less, less disruptive, and can be done all year round.

So how does it work? Here at Pavement Corporation, we have a dedicated team of Pothole Pros who specialize in the infrared asphalt repair process.

Here’s how they do it:

In short, the basic steps of infrared technology are as follows:

Step 1: Heat the existing asphalt

Step 2: Rake the existing asphalt and add rejuvenating solution

Step 3: New asphalt mixed with existing as needed

Step 4: Area compacted to grade with seamless repair

Benefits of infrared technology for potholes repair include:

Easy enough? Prince George’s County, Maryland thinks so. Pavement Corporation, thanks to a two-year pilot program, will be using the cheaper, more effective and environmentally friendly infrared asphalt repair process to fix potholes in Prince George’s County year-round. The new process was validated for quality assurance through a year-long study at the University of Maryland by Charles Schwartz, chair and professor of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

“Potholes are a quality of life issue, especially for people in Prince George’s County,” said Derrick Davis, vice chair of the County Council. “We are excited and proud of this program between Prince George’s County and Pavement Corporation, as it employs the latest technologies to save our taxpayers millions of dollars in car repairs through faster, longer-lasting pothole patches performed year-round.”

For more information about infrared asphalt repair technology or to request a quote, please contact us.