Winter weather can wreak havoc on paved surfaces like parking lots. The dramatic fluctuations in temperature between hot and cold can leave cracks and dangerous potholes in its wake. Damage caused by winter weather and snowplowing operations also can result in an increased number of downed or damaged traffic signs.
While these issues are a natural part of the weathering process, it’s important to take care of them sooner rather than later. With spring just around the corner, now is the time to tackle your parking lot maintenance to keep your facility safe, operational and looking its best.
In the 10 years since the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) issued new regulations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), accessibility for people with disabilities has become the norm in cities and towns across the country. Providing ease of access to the disabled in public spaces is the responsibility of state and local governments as well as businesses and organizations, large and small.
One of the most visible signs of the impact of the ADA’s guidelines is the increased number of handicap parking spots found in commercial and public parking areas. Adding accessible parking is one step government agencies, businesses and privately run facilities can take to ensure people with disabilities are able to work and participate in programs, services or activities, both indoors and out.
Sign posts and supports play a critical role in maintaining traffic safety. But even the best signage will not protect drivers or pedestrians if it is not properly supported and maintained. This is especially important during the winter, when severe weather, snow removal equipment, and traffic accidents can lead to an increased number of downed or damaged signs.
Winter weather can take a toll on road signs and sign posts, which often sustain damage from snowplowing operations and vehicle accidents resulting from slippery conditions or poor visibility. Traffic signs are critical because they communicate the rules, warnings, guidance and other highway agency information that drivers need to safely and efficiently navigate roads and streets. Well maintained signs help drivers make good decisions, so it is a traffic safety imperative to repair, reinstall or replace signs and sign posts that are damaged or missing.
Sign posts and supports play a critical role in maintaining driver and pedestrian safety. Even the best signage does little good if it is not visible, which means it must be properly supported and maintained. This is especially important during the winter months, when snow storms, plows and traffic accidents can result in an increased number of downed or damaged signs.
Wood and steel are the two primary materials used for small sign supports. When it comes to installing or replacing road signs, U-channel steel sign posts are undoubtedly the premium choice for sign supports.
Signed into law in 1990, The Americans with Disabilities Act was a major stepping-stone in ensuring equal rights for all Americans with disabilities. All businesses and privately held facilities are obligated to follow ADA guidelines. The law requires commercial parking lots and pedestrian paths to be accessible to everyone. This includes providing the disabled with parking spaces that offer ample access for vehicles as well as other mobility aids such as wheelchairs and power chairs.