The first phase of a project that will result in the replacement of two portions of the Seaside Heights boardwalk has gotten underway.
Construction crews have cordoned off half of the boardwalk between Dupont Avenue (near the Beachcomber Bar and Grill) and Franklin Avenue (near Lucky Leo’s Sweet Shop and Old Time Photos). In this portion of the project, pedestrian access north-south will be maintained with potential intermittent disruptions. Emergency vehicle access will be at a backup entry point at Franklin Avenue. Crews will work on half the boardwalk at a time to ensure public access to the entire boardwalk is maintained.
Street entrances generally remain open in the construction area, though some parking spaces and street-ends are being taken up by staged equipment. The photos and video attached to this story show the initial progress.
Once the southern portion of the boardwalk is completed, the area with the most pressing need for replacement – the Grant Avenue area of the boardwalk – will see work get underway. There, the work will include a replacement of the vehicle access ramp, which carries borough, emergency vehicles and special event traffic on a regular basis all year long, and the surrounding wood.
The work is being completed under a $1,103,500 contract with A-Tech Concrete Company of Edison, Middlesex County. Construction is slated to take about 90 days for both phases to be completed.
The boardwalk was rebuilt following Superstorm Sandy, and a decade later is in need of replacement – especially in the heaviest-trafficked portions near Grant Avenue’s access ramp and the Franklin Avenue stage area.