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Boston plans to make City Hall Plaza more accessible for disabled people

Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino today released plans to make City Hall and the surrounding plaza more accessible for people with disabilities.

Construction is slated to start this spring for a new ramp that will allow disabled people to more easily access the front door of City Hall, according to a statement by Menino’s office.

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For those who struggle traveling on the brick surface of the plaza, the plans also include a smooth concrete path from Court Street to the City Hall entrance.

“Everyone is welcome, and everyone should feel comfortable getting around in City Hall Plaza,” Menino said today in a statement.

The plans are part of an agreement between City Hall officials, the Massachusetts Architectural Access Board, and members of the disability community to improve pedestrian access in the city.

City Hall officials also said they plan to make changes to the Government Center MBTA station and adjust the curb cuts and crosswalks around the plaza.

Alli Knothe can be reached at aknothe@globe.com.
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