Ramp, security at City Hall nearly ready to go to bid

A new ramp and security upgrades at City Hall are expected to cost about $500,000, which is what the city has to spend on the project, city officials said Monday.

The ramp is necessary following an inspection of the building and a need to improve its handicapped accessibility, Mayor Gabriel J. Campana said.

The construction bids for the ramp, the security doors and a plan to have a security officer stationed on the lobby floor, with some additional walls built, are expected to go out to contractors by the end of the month, he said.

Adam Winder, general manager of city streets and parks department, said the design of the ramp, which is expected to front West Fourth Street, will have a gentle slope, to make entering and exiting the building easier on those with wheelchairs and handicapped accessibility.

A ramp exists at City Hall’s rear but it is too steep of a slope for many individuals with handicapped needs, Winder said.

William E. Nichols Jr., city finance director, said the city has the proper bond financing available to do the project.

Campana said he anticipated the construction of the project to begin in the spring.

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