WATCH: Crane Beach public access completed for walkers
Newly constructed public beach access at Crane Beach in St. Philip.
Crane Beach was closed to visitors and locals via the public beach access while construction work was completed to improve the path down to the sandy beach.
Well, in three short days, construction workers made light work of the task completing the walkway where the stepping stones embedded in boulders once laid.
Video caption: Walk with Loop along the walkway down to the beach.
Speaking to Loop News under anonymity when we visited on Friday, January 25, 2019, a contractor said that the job took three days. "All that work was done between Friday and Sunday." He assured that the boxing and casting of concrete were done quickly but efficiently.
Asked about the 'Beach Closed' sign propped up nearby, he said that it was erected during the construction phase as persons were venturing onto the construction site and it was a precautionary measure.
Photo caption: The walkway ends with three short steps.
The access was reopened to persons walking to the St. Philip beach, however, the road leading to the steps and walkway to the beach is still closed to through-traffic.
Photo caption: The road to the pedestrian access is still closed as of January 25, 2019.
Unfortunately, though safer now, the public access walkway is still not fully accessible. It does not take into consideration persons with mobility issues or users of wheelchairs or mobilized scooters. This issue was raised by some locals when they were made aware of the access to the beach during last year's protests.
Fun Fact: On the Eastern side of Crane Beach more construction has also occurred linking Crane Beach and Ginger Beach. Previously these two beaches were connected via a cave, but boulders have been added as contractors seek to build a more resilient boom to assist with protecting the bay which is Crane Beach. Now persons can safely walk from one beach to the next without fear of the tide coming in and cutting off their path.