Sandwich Boardwalk Redesign Plans Unveiled

SANDWICH – Two designs for the new Sandwich Boardwalk were unveiled last week by GEI Consultants, an engineering firm based in Woburn.

The first, less-expensive option features a vertical railing and metal mesh sides. The second option has a sloped railing along the side and is made entirely out of wood.

The price options are $200 and $250 per linear foot, respectively, totaling $2.1 million for the vertical rail bridge and $2.2 million for the sloped rail bridge.

Last May, town voters approved $2 million for long-term repairs to the boardwalk, part of which was used for the study conducted by GEI.

“The restoration really was intended around reestablishing the connection., trying to keep the same feel. Because, everyone knows it’s a real iconic structure in the town,” said GEI engineer Russell Titmuss.

GEI recommended having a deck with a width of six feet to allow comfortable passing and flexibility should there be an emergency.

“If there’s an emergency on the beach, providing better access, maybe allowing a small quad bike-type vehicle to get out there quickly,” Titmuss said.

Titmuss also said the original planks could be salvaged. The project could take upwards of two years to complete, and construction could be conducted during the Cape’s off-season.

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