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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.

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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