This full-day training will provide attendees with an understanding of how to provide accessibility in the public right-of-way from scoping through final design. The course covers the basic design requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and how those needs relate to the broader concepts of designing facilities that are usable, constructable, and maintainable.

This course is designed to provide local agencies and their consultants with a detailed understanding of the design of accessible sidewalks, curb ramps, signals, etc. and the relationship to project scope. Using examples based approach, participants will be guided through a series of case studies to demonstrate the role of effective scoping, outside in design, context based design approaches and best practices from the Minnesota Department of Transportation. This course will provide the context for role of compliance in the broader goal of accessibility.


Dates and Locations

This training will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (registration begins at 8:00 a.m.) at the specified locations on the dates listed below.

  • February 15, 2018 - MnDOT District 1, Lake Superior Room A & B, 1123 Mesaba Avenue, Duluth, MN 55811
  • February 22, 2018 - MnDOT District 3, West Lunch Room, 7694 Industrial Park Road, Baxter, MN 56425
  • March 7, 2018 - MnDOT District 8, Eagle Lake Room, 2505 Transportation Road, Willmar, MN 56201
  • March 19, 2018 - MnDOT Shoreview Training and Conference Center, 1900 County Road I West, Shoreview, MN 55126
  • March 29, 2018 - MnDOT District 2, Room 150A, 3920 Hwy 2 West, Bemidji, MN 56601
  • April 4, 2018 - MnDOT District 4, Room B109, 1000 Highway 10 West, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501
  • April 12, 2018 - MnDOT District 7, Northwood Room, 2151 Bassett Drive, Mankato, MN 56001-6888
  • April 19, 2018 - MnDOT District 6,Mississippi Room, 2900 48th Street NW, Rochester, MN 55901-5848
  • April 25, 2018 - Continuing Education Center, 1890 Buford Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55108



  • Cost: Free, but registration is required.
  • Special requests: If you have a disability and require accommodation to fully participate in this activity, please contact Mindy Carlson at 612-625-1813 or carlson@umn.edu. Requests should be made immediately upon registering in order to accommodate your needs.


Topics Covered

  • The Importance of ADA
  • MnDOT Standard Plans
  • Accessible Pedestrian Signals
  • Outside-In Design
  • Project Scoping
  • Case Studies


Who Should Attend

This training is designed for city and county engineers, planners, and their consultants.

There is a separate training for MnDOT Employees and consultants who need a prequalification certification. To register for the MnDOT training, please contact TyShana Byrd-Guilmant at 651-366-3027 or tyshana.byrd-guilmant@state.mn.us



Todd Grugel, P.E., (pending)

Tim Ruska, P.E. (pending)


More Information

With questions, please contact Mindy Carlson at carlson@umn.edu or 612-625-1813.



To the best of our knowledge, this course/activity meets the continuing education requirements for 7.0 PDHs as outlined in Minnesota Statute 326.107. More information concerning continuing education for professionals is available on the Minnesota Board of AELSLAGID website.



This training is sponsored by the Minnesota Local Road Research Board, Minnesota Department of Transportation, and Minnesota LTAP.

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