Seaside Park officials are delivering on their promise to quickly rebuild a section of the borough’s boardwalk that has fallen into disrepair and poses safety issues.
The borough council on Thursday voted unanimously to allocate $85,000 toward the purchase of marine-grade wood that will make up the boards. Officials have said they intend for the boardwalk between F Street and C Street to be reopened in time for spring weather. The only obstacles they will have to overcome is a precarious supply chain and finicky winter weather. Still, the wood is expected to be delivered in a relatively short amount of time.
“We’re seeing two to three week lead time, so it’s pretty quick,” said Borough Administrator Michael Capabianco. “A lot of [the work] is weather-permitting, plus staffing and materials.”
The borough’s own public works crews still be installing the boardwalk.
“We’re getting it done as fast as we can,” said Capabianco, who stopped short of predicting a certain date for a full reopening. “I don’t want to put a time on it because you can never predict weather or materials.”
He did have one suggestion for residents: give the borough’s employees a “thank you” for putting in the hard work – installing blocks upon blocks of the walkway, board-by-board.
” It’s not easy work to be squatting down on your knees for all that time,” Capabianco said.