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Crane Beach boardwalk reopens

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Repairs to the boardwalk at Crane Beach in Ipswich have been completed and the boardwalk was reopened on April 5, a month ahead of schedule. The beach is part of the Crane Estate, most of which is owned and managed by The Trustees of Reservations, but the boardwalk is on property that is owned and maintained by the town of Ipswich, which oversaw repairs that began on Jan. 14. According to Jeff Putur, superintendent of the town’s Cemeteries and Parks Department, the town considered using a contractor, but when the quote came in at $87,000, it decided to do the job itself. Materials cost $20,000. Although it did not pay anything out of pocket, Putur estimated that labor and fuel costs totaled an additional $12,000. Putur said seven tons of lumber were removed and replaced with close to eight tons of lumber, and the pressure-treated railing and decking was replaced with composite lumber, which should result in fewer accidents and fewer splinters.

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