Workshop to Gather Design Input for New Sandwich Boardwalk

SANDWICH – The Town of Sandwich is seeking input from the public on the design for the new boardwalk.

A public workshop will be held Monday at Sandwich Town Hall from 6 to 8 p.m.

The town is working with the engineering firm GEI Consultants in considering different options to make the structure more rugged and better able to withstand coastal storms.

“The idea is to have it be a longer lasting structure that will be available throughout the year and less susceptible to damage, and have less maintenance costs,” said Samuel Jensen, the assistant town engineer.

The workshop will include a presentation, and town staff and engineers will be available to discuss the concepts, answer questions and gather input.

There are two railing designs being considered for the structure, including vertical railings and sloped railings.

The vertical railings would be cheaper, but the sloped railings would provide more space. The vertical railings would be more traditional and cost $200 per linear foot.

The sloped railings would provide two or three more feet of space at the top and cost $250 per linear foot.

“The sloped railing is set back off the walkway and would provide a little more room for folks who are walking along, and provide a little more comfort for folks using the boardwalk,” Jensen said.

The estimated cost for the new boardwalk is still being evaluated and will depend on the concept that is selected. Jensen said the cost will be discussed at the workshop.

Jensen said a timetable has not been set for the project.

“It’s a long project with an extended period for permitting,” Jensen said. “That’s something the engineers can touch on at the forum.”

For information on the presentation will be available at the town’s website at www.sandwichmass.org under the Public Works and Engineering tabs.

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Brian Merchant grew up in Central Massachusetts and now lives in South Dennis on the Cape. He has been part of the news team in the CapeCod.com NewsCenter since the spring of 2014. He studied radio broadcasting at the University of Tennessee.



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