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Belmar Turns A Corner on Boardwalk Reconstruction

Governing body moving aggressively to secure financing and quotes

In less than a month after superstorm Sandy wiped out Belmar's boardwalk, officials are already moving to ensure a new one is in place by Memorial Day weekend. 

The governing body at its meeting tonight is scheduled to introduce a $20 million bond ordinance to fund the reconstruction that, Doherty said, officials hope begins sometime next month. 

Officials have said that the boardwalk reconstruction project will cost roughly $17 million, while the other $3 million will go toward the cleanup. 

"We're moving as quickly as we can on it," Doherty said. "We want to be very aggressive." 

And to help expedite the process, the bond ordinance's second public reading is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 3 -- as soon as the law permits. 

Doherty said the old boardwalk materials are virtually cleared from the beachfront and crews are sifting the sand for extra debris and working on returning the sand to its rightful place along the ocean. 

"I'm very happy with the progress we made over the last three weeks," he said.

The mayor said the borough's goal is to finish that job by the end of the month. 

"So by December we'll have a clean canvas for a new boardwalk," he said. 

RhondaVW November 22, 2012 at 04:26 AM
Our small non profit has been working with the HC Bridge Company and Ocean City on a composite boardwalk design to replace our Boardwalk. The HCB design is lightweight - using 80% less concrete than traditional construction methods - but will carry bridge weight loads. Designed to meet current wind and storm loads like those of Sandy it is installed quickly with light equipment and because it will not corrode or rot has a projected 100+ year life span. http://redoit.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/HCB-OCNJ-Proposal.pdf
jenni November 22, 2012 at 01:18 PM
Wooden boardwalk please.
Mark Richert November 22, 2012 at 01:58 PM
I assume that putting in some real dunes, covered in dune grass, to protect the boardwalk is planned?
RhondaVW November 22, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Hi Jenni, Wood decking is a popular request from Ocean City residents and the design was adapted to use timber decking. http://redoit.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/3-DHC.png We have been looking at TimberSil which is a chemical free material much stronger than standard chemically treated decking materials. www.timbersilwood.com
J November 23, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Since dunes weren't mentioned either in this article or the one in the Ledger, I wouldn't make that assumption--but it's an excellent idea.
Charlie LaPlaca (Editor) November 23, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Mayor Matt Doherty on Wednesday mentioned that officials were looking at the option of building a sea wall.
William Douglas November 26, 2012 at 04:05 AM
Here is a link I found from TimberSIL California working with Yosemite Conservancy and US Forest Service. Wetlands Restoration at Tenaya Lake,Yosemite national park bridges and boardwalks. http://timbersil.wordpress.com/2012/09/11/timbersil-wood-bridge-2-tenaya-lane-yosemite-nation-park/
yon November 26, 2012 at 09:11 PM
WOOD. No composite, please.
Jason philbin December 06, 2012 at 02:57 AM
To each of you above, the system PermaTrak solves each of your concerns for boardwalks. Our boardwalk system is a long term durable, non composite material that can be made to resemble wood with a timber finish and color. Cost saves 2-6 times that of a timber boardwalk. Www.permatrak.com

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