U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
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Washington, DC 20590
FHWA Office of Civil Rights
|Subject: INFORMATION: Clarification of FHWA’s Oversight
Role in Accessibility
From: J. Richard Capka
|In Reply Refer to: HCR-1
To: Associate Administrators
Chief Financial Officer
Directors of Field Services
Resource Center Director and
Federal Lands Highway Division Engineers
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announces consolidating guidance
to clarify and address ongoing issues concerning FHWA's oversight of
States' and localities' compliance with the Americans with Disabilities
Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (Section 504).
Based on the work of an ADA and Section 504 working group, the Associate Administrators
for Civil Rights and Infrastructure present the attached clarification Memo
to FHWA offices to explain how the FHWA is to oversee States' and localities' efforts
to meet ADA and Section 504 obligations. In detailed Questions and Answers,
FHWA provides further details on FHWA oversight and the actions required by
the States and localities to meet ADA and Section 504 requirements. The Memo
and the Questions and Answers will be posted on the Civil Rights Web site.
Both of these documents clarify existing FHWA policies on issues including
FHWA ADA and Section 504 oversight responsibilities, and appropriate actions
by States and localities to meet the requirements of ADA and Section 504.
Through the actions detailed above, the FHWA continues to work with States
and localities to ensure that persons with disabilities may access the public
right of way without discrimination.
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