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Cape May Begins Work to Make Beaches More Accessible to Disabled

 

By Jack Fichter

CAPE MAY — City Council authorized Mott and Associates, the city’s contracted engineering firm, Oct. 20 to provide designs and construction management services for phase two of three projects to make beach going easier for those with physical disabilities.
The work will make the city’s beaches more complaint with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Mayor Edward J. Mahaney Jr. said the project would extend modular wooden walkways on Beach Avenue closer to the ocean, install an ocean overview at Grant Street, construct ADA compliant outdoor showers and drinking fountains at Grant Street and Trenton Avenue and purchase five beach wheelchairs.
Work began Monday Oct. 19 on phase one of the projects. Mahaney said when all three phases of the ADA project were completed, the city would have eight streets with ramps from Beach Avenue to the Promenade with additional ramps onto the beach with a 6 to 8 foot wide modular boardwalks extending to the high water mark.
Decks will be constructed close to the dune line to give those in wheelchairs a place to rest with a table under an umbrella.
Mahaney said he hoped the first phase would be completed by spring 2010 with the second phase before the 2010 beach season.
A bond ordinance is covering $900,000 in costs for phases one and two with nearly $700,000 covered by grant money, he said. The city is providing a match of 30 percent.

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