Florida  Congress 2019
(This draft is under construction)

 

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 The Sidewalk Obstruction Clear Zone Compliance Bill

Be It Enacted By The Florida Congress

 

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Preamble:  WHEREAS Florida ranks as the deadliest State for Pedestrians and Cyclists.  WHEREAS The Florida Department of Transportation installs Street Light Posts in the middle of sidewalks violating FHWA Clear Zone Standards.  WHEREAS the Florida Department of Transportation misrepresents ADA Wheelchair Pass By Standards to justify violating FHWA Clear Zone Standards.


Section 1:  The FDOT shall relocate the Street Light Posts on Bee Ridge Road in Sarasota, Florida in order to comply with FHWA Clear Zone Standards
                Sub-Section A:  The Light Posts shall be placed off the Sidewalk wherever feasible. 
                Sub-Section B:   If Light Posts are placed on the sidewalk due to no Utility Strip being available,the Posts shall be placed at the far edge of the sidewalk and the Post Footer shall be sunken under the sidewalk in order to provide safer access.
                 Sub-Section C:  The FDOT shall attempt to identify and relocate Statewide any other Street Light Posts which the FDOT has placed in violation of FHWA Clear Zone Standards.


Section 2:  New Hire FDOT District ADA Coordinators shall be required to have previous Higher Education, and Work Experience in the ADA.

                Sub-Section A:  Current FDOT District Heads and FDOT District ADA Coordinators shall be required to undergo Training in the compliance of FHWA Clear Zone Standards and ADA Wheelchair Pass By Standards.
                 Sub-Section B:  Current FDOT District Heads and FDOT District ADA Coordinators shall be required to undergo Training in the fact that ADA Wheelchair Pass By Compliance does not justify Non-Compliance of FHWA Clear Zone Standards.


Section 3:  This Bill shall go into effect ninety one (91) days after passage.