Railing Options

Two railing design options are being considered for the length of the Sandwich Boardwalk.

The town would like to get the public’s opinion about which boardwalk design they prefer when the iconic walkway across the marsh is permanently replaced.

A workshop is planned for Monday, November 18, at Sandwich Town Hall from 6 PM to 8 PM.

“It is an opportunity for people to ask questions and look at the plans,” said Samuel Jensen, assistant town engineer. “They can see what is being considered and what is recommended.”

The town’s project engineering firm, GEI Consultants of Woburn, gave a presentation about two boardwalk redesigns in September.

Both designs included railings along the structure’s entire length. Other suggestions include increasing both the width of the boardwalk and its elevation over the marsh.

The less-expensive railing option would be a vertical design, which would cost $200 per linear foot. A sloped railing, which would be wider at the top, would cost $250 per linear foot, according to GEI’s report.

The total cost estimates ranged from $2.1 to $2.2 million. Taxpayers have already approved $2 million for the replacement.

Construction, design and permitting could take up to two years, the consultant said.

For those who cannot attend the workshop, the information will be available after the presentation on the engineering department’s portal on the town website.

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