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Buried beach walkway raises accessibility questions

NBC Boston quoted Disability Law Center supervising attorney Tom Murphy in a recent article investigating accessibility concerns at Salisbury Reservation Beach.

On the walkway to the beach, the handrails are either barely visible or buried under several feet of sand.

Last year, Murphy reviewed utility poles that were placed right in the middle of new sidewalks in Dedham, explaining how they presented accessibility barriers for people in wheelchairs.

We asked Murphy about the beach ramp and he said the lack of maintenance appeared to violate the federal ADA law that requires equal access for everybody.

“They need to clear the ramp,” Murphy said. “Just like the roof on your house, these access features need to be looked at to make sure they’re still in operable, safe working condition and they’re usable.”

Read more at NBC Boston.