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By Laura Enderson
Changes are being made to the city Municipal Building as city officials install an accessibility ramp, along with rails and an automatic door for easier access for the public.
“It’s an improvement on access abilities,” said Charles Kolakowski, Bedford’s city manager. “It should be very helpful for people that have difficulty with stairs.”
The total cost of the construction will be around $62,200.
Kolakowski said the Municipal Building’s front entrance is heavily used. The building serves many different purposes, including housing city offices and the police department, holding public meetings and the treasurer’s office where residents pay taxes and utility bills.
The ramp will help improve access after hours, police security and provide easier access to public meetings, according to Kolakowski. The ramp is designed to conform to all work regulations.
The construction doesn’t have a set date for completion, but Kolakowski said the work is moving along in a “steady fashion.”