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Snow, the ADA, and Handicap Parking

Every year Colorado receives a couple of large snow storms.  Sometimes there is so much snow problems are caused trying to clear it.  This year, at least in Boulder, Colorado it created at least one potential violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

For example, recently a local Denver news station televised a story about fire hydrants covered by the snow and the public safety implications.  Because in order to fight fires, firefighters must: 1. find the fire hydrants (which are buried by the snow) and 2. dig them out, all before they are able to be used.  Both steps take valuable time in fighting fires.

However, the snow does not only create problems for firefighters.  It can create problems for the disabled, too.  Specifically, it appears handicap parking spaces, are at least at times, used as a dumping grounds for snow, leaving the disabled without designated parking spots.  All the while, potentially violating the ADA.

Snow Plowed into Handicap Parking Space - Photo Taken by CoCommonLaw
Snow Plowed into Handicap Parking Space – Photo Taken by CoCommonLaw

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