As part of a larger effort led by the Mankato/North Mankato Area Planning Organization (MAPO), Blue Earth County is working to ensure pedestrian infrastructure along county roads is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Each jurisdiction within MAPO is performing a Self-Evaluation of the policies, practices and pedestrian infrastructure within public rights-of-way to identify ADA deficiencies that pose barriers to safe and efficient access for all users. Each jurisdiction will also complete an ADA Transition Plan that will provide a plan, schedule, and planning-level costs for upgrading pedestrian infrastructure and the removal of barriers to accessibility within the public rights of way.
Data Collection for the Blue Earth County Self-Evaluation has begun and should conclude by spring of 2018. The Blue Earth County ADA Transition Plan development process will conclude in March of 2019 and will be included in the greater MAPO ADA Transition Plan document along with the other MAPO jurisdictions.
Please visit this page again for updates to the project schedule, notifications of upcoming public meetings, and other materials prepared as part of this process.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR): Under Title II of the ADA as well as 28 CFR 35.105 and 28 CFR 35.150, agencies are required to perform a Self- Evaluation and complete a Transition Plan to ensure all users have equal access to pedestrian facilities, services and programs.
Public Input: As required by 28 CFR 35, All entities are required to provide the public opportunity to participate throughout the planning process and submit concerns or complaints regarding pedestrian infrastructure. Please access the following link if you would like to submit a concern or comment.