Mayor Menino Announces Plans to Improve Accessibility in City Hall Plaza
Better Access Routes Coming for Persons with Disabilities
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For Immediate Release
February 24, 2012
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Mayor Thomas M. Menino today unveiled plans for innovative accessibility improvements to City Hall Plaza slated to begin in the spring.

“I am committed to making Boston City Hall as accessible as possible for all residents, visitors, and persons doing business with the city,” Mayor Menino said. “Everyone is welcome, and everyone should feel comfortable getting around in City Hall Plaza.” 

The first phase of accessibility upgrades will focus on creating a new path of travel that provides access to the front door of City Hall for people with disabilities.

A new five-foot wide “access route” made of colored bituminous concrete will be constructed, beginning on Court Street at the entrance to City Hall Plaza from Washington Mall. The access route will provide an alternate path of travel for people with mobility impairments who have difficulty traversing the bricks that currently comprise the majority of the plaza. It will provide a smooth, continuous, level surface leading to the ramp and the front stairs of City Hall.

“This project embodies the City’s commitment to inclusion of persons with disabilities,” said Kristen McCosh, Boston’s Disability Commissioner. “It demonstrates that people of all abilities are welcome in the city of Boston.”

The access route is the result of an agreement among City officials, the Massachusetts Architectural Access Board, and members of the disability community who have advocated for improved pedestrian access throughout Boston.

Other upcoming accessibility improvements to City Hall Plaza include the Government Center MBTA station and upgrading compliance of curb cuts and crosswalks in Government Center.

For more information on the City of Boston's Commission for Persons With Disabilities, please visit http://www.cityofboston.gov/disability/.

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