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Accessible Design in the Public Right-of-Way Certification Course

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 participants 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 the role of compliance in the broader goal of accessibility.

The training is offered to MnDOT staff and consultants seeking certification for prequalification.  The content is being presented by MnDOT staff. Course dates by location are below. Lunch and course manuals are provided at all trainings.

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.

Winter 2022-2023 class schedule will be posted at a later date.

This class was recorded in 2019. If you would like to view the recording, visit Minnesota LTAP.

Special requests

  • If you have a disability and require accommodation to fully participate in this activity, please contact Janet Miller at 651-366-4720 or janet.rae.miller@state.mn.us. 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 MnDOT designers, project managers, and any personnel interested in learning more about ADA.  This class is recommended for both new employees as well as those who have experience working with ADA. 

Consultants on MnDOT’s Roadway Design Prequalification list will be required to have taken this certification class to be eligible to work on ADA designs.


  • Todd Grugel, P.E., ADA Program Engineer, Minnesota Department of Transportation
  • Tim Hruska, P.E., L.S., Senior Associate and Civil Engineer/Municipal Team Leader, WHKS & Co.


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 AELSAGID website.