What Are Truncated Domes?
If you’re just hearing the words “truncated domes” for the first time, you may have no idea what they are. Truncated domes are known by many names, including tactile paving, detectable warnings, and tactile ground surface indicators. These warnings are a textured surface that is placed in areas where the cement will be approaching the street, or where there will be a drop off of some sort, to allow those who are visually impaired to know that there will be a change in the footing coming up shortly.
Since the 1990’s, the ADA has made it necessary for those who have hazardous or difficult areas to have truncated domes set up in their area, so that those who are visually impaired can get around without having to worry about hazards. These are extremely easy to have placed in your business and parking lot, and can go a long way in helping a blind person to get around easily. If your business currently does not have any truncated domes, and you have one or more areas where the pavement changes or there is a sharp drop off, you may want to look into having truncated domes installed.