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April 10, 2013

Crane Beach boardwalk reopens after repairs

IPSWICH — The residents boardwalk at Crane Beach has reopened.

The boardwalk, which is one of three at the beach, has been closed since Jan. 14 for scheduled repairs. All repairs went as planned, and the boardwalk reopened a month ahead of time, said Jeff Putur, superintendent of the Cemetery and Parks Department.

The work from the parking lot to the seating area on the boardwalk was needed to replace decking and failing supports for about 200 feet of the boardwalk, he said.

Putur said this portion of the boardwalk has not been repaired since 1986, while the section closest to the ocean was replaced in 1996.

All pressure-treated railing and decking have been replaced with composite lumber, which lasts longer and will result in less accidents involving splinters and broken boards, Putur said.

While contractors quoted the project at $87,000, the town completed the work for $32,000 — $20,000 for materials and $12,000 of operating costs, such as fuel and labor.

There are two other boardwalks on the property for people to access the beach. Both are owned by the Trustees of Reservations.

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