Montana Department of Transportation—Montana Accessibility Inventory and Investment Program

MDT is strategically eliminating barriers for disabled individuals to use MDT right-of-way facilities through its Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) transition plan. For the $4.7 million Accessibility Inventory and Investment Program, MDT first pre-screened 14,000 intersections statewide using aerial photography and street view coverage to identify dedicated pedestrian facilities. About 56,000 vehicle miles were then traveled while conducting a field inventory of 3,700 intersections in 190 communities. ATA compliance for 16,000 curb ramps and 150 building facilities were accessed. Through the use of GIS mapping software, MDT was able to collect information and rout consultant staff across the state. The department then developed a data collection method that allowed input of data into tablets and synchronized the data into the MDT network while in the field, making the process more efficient and accurate. Using a process for prioritizing funding and advancing ADA projects, the first five projects have been scheduled and MDT will upgrade those intersections to increase safety and accessibility.Montana DOT's Montana Accessibility Inventory and Investment Program