Preliminary construction of Long Beach’s new $44.2 million boardwalk is set to begin next week, but it won’t be complete for the summer.
It’s still two months until the summer season begins, but something in the Jersey Shore borough of Belmar, which was devastated by Sandy, has the mayor feeling the tide is turning.
Mayor William Akers said restoring the boardwalk so that it can be walked on safely should be done by May 10.
Jones Beach and Robert Moses State Parks took a beating from superstorm Sandy, but there may be light at the end of the tunnel.
Long Beach officials expect to have a new and stronger boardwalk by summer. It is expected to cost $25 million.
Mantoloking sustained some of the worst damage in the Oct. 29 storm. Hundreds of homes were destroyed and the ocean cut a channel through to Barnegat Bay, cutting the town in two.
Heavy equipment began drilling holes in the sand and pounding pilings into the ground today. It’s the first phase of a project that could ultimately cost $6 million to $7 million.
Demolition of the boardwalk, which was badly damaged by Superstorm Sandy, began weeks ago.
The new boardwalk, like the old one, will be made of synthetic planks, with sturdy tie-down straps anchoring them to the foundation.
There are some jobs that just have to be done outside, even in these frigid temperatures.
The total cost of rebuilding the boardwalk and Belmar alone is estimated at $6.6 million.
For one Jersey Shore town, new progress has been made on the journey back from Superstorm Sandy.
Work continued this weekend in Belmar, N.J., on the new $6 million boardwalk to replace the one destroyed by Superstorm Sandy.
Construction of the new boardwalk is kicking off Wednesday morning and the town is pulling out all the stops to get the project done by Memorial Day.
Most of the 1.3-mile Belmar boardwalk was destroyed in superstorm Sandy.