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ADAAG Manual

Note: This document, portion of document or referenced document was published prior to the 2010 ADA Standards, and all or part of this information may only apply to Safe Harbored elements.

Clearances for Side Approaches

Clearance for side approaches are based on the swing of doors, direction of approach (hinge or latch), and the provision of closers (in some cases latches too). Generally, on the pull side, wheelchair maneuvering is easier from a latch side approach than from a hinge side approach; on the push side, maneuvering is easier from the hinge side than from the latch side.

Plan diagrams showing latch-side and hinge-side approaches to doors

These clearances, which are permitted to overlap, may determine the width of corridors, including entry alcoves with offset doors. Keep in mind that requirements for accessible routes in 4.3, including those for turns around obstructions, may apply as well.

Plan diagram showing forward approach, pull-side door maneuvering clearance


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