Photo of the Day: Return of the Boardwalk Ramps

Structures finally restored after they were ravaged by Hurricane Irene last summer.

The missing boardwalk ramps at Grand and Lincoln Boulevards have made their return. The force of Hurricane Irene ravaged the ramps when she landed in Long Beach last August. While the ramp at Grand is open, the ramp at Lincoln was still under construction, as of Sunday. Early last month, Patch reported that the missing ramps were among the last remaining signs of the storm’s destruction in the town.

Jim LaCarrubba, the City of Long Beach's commissioner of public works, said the goal was to replace to the two ramps by July 4, although works must still install aluminum rails at Lincoln.

"We're going to put aluminum there, which was there originally," LaCarrubba told Patch on Monday. "We're going to put that out to bid and have the aluminum rails installed. Wooden rails are up temporarily."

There is an approximately $90,000 attached to replacing the ramps and will be paid through reimbursement funds the city expects to receive from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

* This story was updated at 3:14 p.m. on July 2, 2012.

Leonard Bauman July 02, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Halelujah the ramps are back! Why cheap splinter railings and why not the metal railings?
Wise-T July 02, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Now if Long Beach could just send a work crew around to seal off the remaining free entry spots under the boardwalk...and put an end to the boardwalk homeless people currently living underneath...
Leonard Bauman July 02, 2012 at 04:35 PM
The boardwalk homeless people used to own nice Long Beach homes, but years of paying $12,000/yr. taxes caused them to become homeless. All of us taxpayers need to stand up to high taxes before they become higher and make us all homeless. City Hall works for us, not the other way around!!
Wise-T July 02, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Long Beach allows construction crews to remove the old metal railings and doesn't require them to re-install or replace once refurbishment or construction of one of those ugly apartment buildings is completed. Does city hall really think ascetically wise, that the practice of ad-hoc replacement of wood, old railing and newer railings, planks, lighting etc looks good for the boardwalk? Do they care? Some of the newer ramps recieved the newer metal railings. Other don't. Patchwork. Weird.
Eddie July 02, 2012 at 06:59 PM
The ramp replacement had nothing to do with the storm. There was no damage. The project is just about the only capital work being done in the city. It was started by the previous administration, so the Democrats had no choice but finish it. The old railings were 78-year-old steel pipe railings installed by the WPA. They tend to fall apart when they are taken down. New aluminum ones constructed at an angle are terrifically expensive and difficult to order. Without an engineer on staff any more, the City really can't go that route, so their own carpenters make wooden ones.
Wise-T July 02, 2012 at 07:22 PM
I wonder what the explanation would be for the removal of the old railing that was in very good condition along the super block-replaced by a chain link fence. What happened to those sections? Scrap yard? They let idiots cut them down. Don't need an engineer to grab sections of the railing and re-install and replace other wood sections if they took the time to carefully remove them. Is there any maintenance plan in effect for simple repairs of the new railing? Just need some thinking outside the box, capable and motivated workers, a blow torch and some basic knowledge about soldering and ordering replacement parts. Some paint. Too much to expect? I know....so we have mish-mosh ...not very appealing--looks like the old rockaway boardwalk now.
Lloyd July 02, 2012 at 08:30 PM
How did the force of the hurricane ravage the ramps? It does seem like a b.s. story to me.
Eddie July 02, 2012 at 09:31 PM
The old steel railing was sold to Gershow for scrap. Being eighty years old, steel with threaded joints, the stuff isn't easily reused. The Rockaway boardwalk, by the way, has its wooden part decked with ipe -- a wood that lasts over fifty years and doesn't decay like the yellow pine used in Long Beach. Theofan wanted to use ipe here, but some wacko environmentalist cryed so loudly they continued using the pine that falls about in less than a decade.
Eddie July 02, 2012 at 09:50 PM
You're right, Lloyd. There was no damage. The ramps were removed by the old administration in preparation of replacing them with handicap-compliant ramps. The Democrats had no choice but to replace them, even though there's no money. Unfortunately, for a couple of more dollars, the ramps could have been made compliant with the ADA. Instead, they were ripped out and replaced for nothing. Typical Long Beach incompetence, partisanship and corruption.
rich July 03, 2012 at 12:10 AM
using the storm as an excuse to rebuild the ramps witout being ADA compliant as promised a couple of months ago to get them done quickly and cheaper.
Eddie July 03, 2012 at 01:33 AM
I give them credit. Didn't think they were that smart.
Lloyd July 03, 2012 at 09:29 AM
What was wrong with the original ramps? Were they any different from all the others? Did they have steps, or were they just falling apart?
Eddie July 03, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Neither. While they were worn, like much of the boardwalk, they were removed to replace with ADA compliant ramps. The ADA requires a "landing" or flat spot so many feet and has a maximum slope which the original ramps and their replacements exceed.
Eddie July 03, 2012 at 12:50 PM
Is it possible that the City filed for FEMA flood funds to replace the ramps, claiming, fraudulently of course, that they suffered flood damage?
Lloyd July 03, 2012 at 01:53 PM
It wouldnt surprise me, Eddie. Make the Fed Govt pay for our lack of maintenance and upkeep. Now, if those ramps did not meet ADA standards, what about all the others? Are they less steep or somehow more wheelchair accessible? Does the beach need to be wheelchair accessible too, altough its nearly impossible to wheel around a chair on the sand and then permit a wheelchair bound person to go swimming safely in the ocean.
Irwin Evans July 03, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Now they should begin replacing the rotting boardwalk! A woman fell thru a rotten plank on the boardwalk in coney island last weekend. It's cheaper to replace then one lawsuit charging negligence.
Eddie July 03, 2012 at 04:40 PM
While the usual contingent of non-tax-paying crybabies will rally otherwise, the boardwalk does not have to be ADA accessible. It was constructed in 1934, which predates the ADA by almost a half century. It would be allowed to be maintained as "non-conforming use". Any new "major" work done to it using federal funds would have to be done in accordance to ADA standards. Repairs are not major work. The definition of "repair" is, of course, subjective. Perhaps the reason for claiming storm damage. But I don't think anyone in the City, except perhaps the head of the building department (who they are probably looking to replace with a 20-year-old hack) would be smart enough to consider this.
Eddie July 03, 2012 at 04:43 PM
City Councilwoman Fran Adelson sued the City and settle for $20,000 for slipping on boardwalk sand. Nothing will stop lawsuits from slimy opportunists.
Longbeacher July 03, 2012 at 05:38 PM
BUT ,BUT THE MAIL I GOT IN THE MAIL 20 times said "the previous adm did no work and the new guys were going to fix Everything " i don't understand
Longbeacher July 03, 2012 at 05:52 PM
here you go 1- the water comes up to the streets 2- it lifts and twists the BW ( not that you can see it ,its just a slight twist 3- the boardwalk then settles ,but the nails say up .4- the boards loosen .the ramps become ravaged CAPESH 1
Lloyd July 04, 2012 at 12:32 AM
The boardwalk is not in bad shape. There are some loose boards around, but we walk it and bike it regularly and don't find any dangers. Of course there are those people who just look for it, and like you wrote, are opportunists and may stage a slip and fall seeking to enrich themselves. Not much can be done to prevent that except post video cameras every 50 feet or so along the route.


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