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What is the regulation degree of incline for a handicap-accessible ramp?

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The regulation degree of incline for a handicap-accessible ramp is 1:12. This means no incline steeper than 1 inch of ramp rise for every 12 inches of ramp length according to the Americans with Disabilities Act Standards for Accessible Design.

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In addition, ADA Guidelines require flat rest areas at the top and bottom of the ramp, no smaller than 5 feet long and 5 feet wide, and a ramp width of at least 36 inches. If the wheelchair run is long, ADA Guidelines require no more than 30 feet of length before a rest area. If the wheelchair is required to turn, a turn platform of 5 feet by 5 feet must be provided.

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