Stehekin Winter Ferry Landing Improvement Project

The purpose of this proposed action is to improve passenger safety and experience by providing year-round ADAAG-compliant universal access at the Stehekin Ferry Landing for all passengers traveling via the commercial ferry system. An important but secondary purpose is to improve passenger circulation and freight handling.

This action is needed because for at least eight months out of the year the current docking facilities at the Stehekin Ferry Landing do not meet guidelines provided by the Architectural Barriers Act Accessibility Standards (ABAAS) or Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Once the lake level drops more than two feet below full elevation, the angle of the passenger gangway from the ferry to the shoreline exceeds the ADA-mandated maximum 1:12 slope and can reach angles of 4:12 before ferry docking is shifted to the boat launch. Docking along the boat launch forces passengers to navigate an expanse of uneven terrain, precluding any "accessible route" between primary transportation to or from Stehekin and additional transportation or facilities within Stehekin. The lack of accessibility is a notable problem since approximately 25% of commercial ferry passengers are over the age of 60 and/or have limited mobility
Comment Period: Closed        Mar 2, 2010 - Apr 2, 2010
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