The Idaho Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Curb Ramp Program is a state-administered program that provides funding for projects to address curb ramps on the state highway system. The goal of the program is to provide accessible facilities for pedestrians with disabilities while allowing local jurisdiction flexibility in meeting the required standards. The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) is allocating $500,000 of state funds annually for this program. Applicants can qualify for up to $60,000 in state funding to construct new or alter existing curb ramps on the state highway system to meet the requirements of the ADA. Funds can only be used for construction purposes, design is provided without compensation by following the below link to Standard Drawings. This program offers local communities more control over the design of pedestrian facilities in their communities, the time of construction and makes better economical use of state funds while addressing accessibility on the state highway system.
The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) allocates $500,000 in State of Idaho funds for competitive grant award to local Jurisdictions to construct ADA compliant curbs/ramps, in addition to the ADA improvements made as part of the normal maintenance and construction of the State highway system each year.
A scoring equation was deliberately developed to prioritize the use of precious taxpayer funds on cost per ramp priority.
(Total Priority Points / Total Cost) + ADA Plan pts + Match pts + Connection pts) = Total Score
This equation will ensure that an application that proposes to construct many ramps for a low price will score high and is more likely to be awarded. An application that proposes to construct few ramps for a high price will score low and is less likely to be awarded. The State of Idaho emphasizes the importance of constructing high quality, high priority ADA compliant ramps on the state system at the best value to the taxpayer. Applicants indicating they possess an ADA compliant local transportation plan, provide a local match and identify a specific connectivity component will increase likelihood of award.
Eligible applicants include local jurisdictions (cities, counties, highway districts) and tribal governments. Eligible projects are restricted to the construction of curb ramps. Project construction must be completed within 2 year from the 2 execution of the Cooperative Agreement. If the criteria or other requirements of this application are not met, the application will be rejected. ITD staff will prepare a cooperative agreement for signature. This agreement outlines the responsibilities of both parties and must be approved by appropriate local official(s). Only eligible expenses performed after the execution of the Cooperative Agreement will be allowed. If selected, the applicant's project manager is required to attend a curb ramp instruction class provided by the Department. Contact Ryan McDaniel at ITDAltContracting@itd.idaho.gov to inquire on upcoming classes. All completed ramps are to be inspected by the sponsor and compliance shall be documented using the Department's ITD-0288 form. Photos of each constructed ramp are to be recorded and submitted to the Department with each ITD-0288. Any completed ramps that do not meet ADA requirements will require corrections at the sponsor's expense. Department staff may perform a final site review and inspection for compliance with ADA. Successful applicants agree to disperse Curb Ramp Program funds in compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), to ensure their actions and activities do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.
The SFY 2023 deadline was March 12, 2021. A similar deadline is anticipated annually.
Applicants can qualify for up to $60,000 in state funding to construct new or alter existing curb ramps on the state highway system to meet the requirements of the ADA. This program provides more control over of pedestrian facilities to local communities and makes better economical use of state funds while addressing accessibility on the state highway system. There is no requirement for a local funding match; however, matching the state funds will increase the project score. Funds can only be used for construction purposes.