Borough seeks grant for handicap ramps and sidewalk improvement

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BAY HEAD — The Bay Head Borough Council has approved an application for a 2021 Community Development Block Grant from Ocean County to improve handicap access along various streets.

“In Bay Head, we are kind of limited based upon the income levels of the town of what we can spend this money on,” Borough Administrator Chris Parlow recently told the governing body.

“Most of the improvements Bay Head has done traditionally have been to provide handicap access around town for either street corners or up at the beach, so those are the types of projects the borough can entertain through this Community Development Block Grant.” 

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He said the borough usually receives between $30,000 and $35,000 for these types of projects.

According to the administrator, officials have identified several locations and intersections where handicap accessibility needs to be improved. 

The first project is at Howe Field crossing which includes one handicap ramp replacement on the east side of roadway [Club Drive], one handicap ramp installation on the west side of roadway, and sidewalk installation from the new ramp on west side of the roadway north to the existing sidewalk which currently terminates at the northeast corner of Howe Field, according to documents provided by Mr. Parlow. 

The second project is for Meadow Avenue sidewalk installation and handicap ramp replacements, which includes one handicap ramp replacement at the intersection of West Lake [Avenue] and Meadow [northwest corner], one handicap ramp replacement behind the library and sidewalk installation to connect ramps. 

“The third area would be two handicap ramp replacements at the intersection of Park and Bay [avenues] northeast and southeast corners,” Mr. Parlow said.

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