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South Bethany Handicap Accessible Ramp Repaired

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South Bethany ramp has been repaired by DNREC workers (Source: Amber Muehlemann) South Bethany ramp has been repaired by DNREC workers (Source: Amber Muehlemann)

SOUTH BETHANY, Del. - Just one week after a WBOC reported on a broken handicap accessible ramp in South Bethany, the walkway has been repaired by state workers. The walkway had previously been destroyed during the big January storm that hit the area. 

"I'm very grateful," said Mayor Pat Voveris. "That the work is done. I was very grateful for the attention that you brought to it. And in the end, we are providing a service to our community. So we are up and running for the beach season."

The repairs improve access, but do not make the walkway ADA compliant, according to Tony Pratt, an administrator in the Shoreline and Waterway Management Section of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. 

Voveris said that the next step will be to place "Mobi-Mats" on the surface, which will make the walkway more accessible for people in wheelchairs or crutches. 

"Somebody with... our beach wheelchair," she said. "Can get down. But the Mobi-Mats will really facilitate ease of use. And so as soon as we get those down everyone will be very happy." 

In Rehoboth Beach, Pratt said that repairs have been made this week as well in the area of Laurel Street. That is despite the fact that parts of the railings were still under sand on Friday afternoon. Pratt said that the changes will be enough for now, although more in depth repairs may be done in the future, after replenishment plans are unveiled by the Army Corp of Engineers. 

City Manager Sharon Lynn said that fixing these walkways was essential. 

"There's a lot at stake of course," she said. "Our visitors are used to using those handicapped accesses to the beach... We pride ourselves in the city in making our beach as accessible as possible for everyone."

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