Friday, May 17, 2013
Photo gallery of construction leading up to grand reopening
The signs along the Belmar beach and boardwalk still say "Closed," but not for much longer. Less than a week remains until the ribbon-cutting on the Belmar beach and boardwalk. This week, the beachfront bustled with final touches on the four beach playgrounds, striping along Ocean Avenue and installation of boardwalk railings. Temporary trailers will be in place for concessions, and bathrooms. Though a lighting design is approved, if the project is not complete the use of alternative, temporary spotlights will be in place to light up the boardwalk, officials said. Here is a gallery of all the recent activity along the beachfront.
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Projects throughout the area
A round-up of traffic projects in the area: Manasquan: The beachfront of Ocean Avenue east of First Avenue is closed for the beach headquarters reconstruction. The borough will also stripe the parking spaces for the First, Second and Third Avenue parking lots. The lots will be off-limits during painting hours. Ocean Avenue: The southernmost blocks of Ocean Avenue will be the last to reopen in Belmar, but portions of Lake Como are closed for pipe construction there. In Belmar, Ocean Avenue is open from Avon through 17th Avenue. The boardwalk is closed until railings are installed. In Avon, the eastern sidewalk is closed for boardwalk reconstruction along Ocean Avenue. Parkway work continues: The Wall rest stop's fuel station remains closed …
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Ocean Avenue closed for construction
Ocean Avenue in Lake Como remains closed as crews work on the oceanfront pumping station. Work continued this week to build the facility between Belmar and Spring Lake. (Photos by Paul Spennrath)
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Photo gallery of activity and opened Ocean Avenue
Though several blocks are still closed, a large portion of Ocean Avenue in Belmar is open and bicyclists and pedestrians are taking to the oceanfront. For most of the winter, Ocean Avenue was closed due to Hurricane Sandy reconstruction of the boardwalk. But now that boards are lain for much of the project, many blocks were reopened and it's the southernmost portions of the roadway that remain closed in Belmar. Here's a gallery from local photographer Paul Spennrath of some of the activity.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
More blocks opening now that boardwalk work progressing
Belmar plans to open Ocean Avenue up to 17th Avenue, on Friday, removing barriers from another portion of the oceanfront road packed with construction since Hurricane Sandy. But now that construction has progressed south of 17th Avenue, vehicular access will be restored to the road, Mayor Matt Doherty said. Now, vehicles can drive up to 10th Avenue before facing a detour. Another 7 blocks are expected to open Friday. Boardwalk construction crews' lumber and equipment closed Ocean Avenue much of this year, as the borough worked to rebuild the boardwalk destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. But the boardwalk north of 10th is now all lain, and the road and some parking was opened up as work was complete.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
First through 10th now open after Hurricane Sandy boardwalk construction is complete
Concrete barriers and detour signs are becoming fewer in Belmar. More of Ocean Avenue is now open: you can now drive 1st through 10th avenues. The additional blocks of the roadway opened Tuesday. Mayor Matt Doherty said last week that Ocean Avenue access was planned, to open five more blocks to traffic in about seven days. For several weeks, vehicles have been able to drive from 1st to 5th, but then faced a detour as the beachfront road was closed south of 5th due to the ongoing construction. Now, drivers can travel as far south as 5th before meeting a new detour west. Ocean Avenue was closed since an October evacuation, then through much of March for construction along the Hurricane Sandy ravaged beachfront. Construction crews began …
Monday, April 8, 2013
Photo gallery of construction
The oceanfront of both Belmar and Avon are full of ongoing construction, with Belmar laying more boards for its boardwalk and Avon adding pilings to its boardwalk reconstruction. Check out this gallery of photos from April 2-7 from resident Paul Spennrath to see more of the construction unfold.
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Road opened through 5th avenue currently, but much remains closed
More access to Ocean Avenue in Belmar could be coming as early as next week. Officials at the local and county level are working to reopen another five blocks of the oceanfront road, Mayor Matt Doherty told Patch last night. Late in March, barriers were removed from Ocean Avenue at 1st through 5th Avenues allowing pedestrian and vehicular access. Some parking was restored though much of the spaces are not open. Doherty said officials are working to open the road through 10th Avenue in seven days. The roadway was originally closed after Hurricane Sandy for safety reasons as debris and damage littered the area. It remained closed as construction crews entered the area to remove debris, sift sand and rebuild the boardwalk. Doherty said …
Thursday, March 28, 2013
South side has new pilings
Just before the newly opened Ocean Avenue bridge, construction on Avon's boardwalk is progressing behind high chain-link fence. New pilings are in place there, but the chipped cement blocks of the wall adjacent to the sidewalk, and older, damaged pilings are the signs that mark further construction left on the Avon beachfront. Here are some photos from this week on Ocean Avenue in Avon.
Monday, March 4, 2013
Ocean Avenue will be closed daily through construction
The ocean came over the boardwalk, took its boards inland during the surge, smashing homes and businesses with debris, sand and feet of water. The clean-up and rebuilding of Belmar's beachfront continues months after Hurricane Sandy devastated much of its property, and since the storm Ocean Avenue has remained closed. But that changed Sunday, when local officials decided to open up the north-south corridor to vehicle and pedestrian traffic to help mitigate the expected crowds for the day's St. Patrick's Day Parade. In one day, the beachfront saw onlookers snapping pictures and climbing the unfinished boardwalk. Come sunset, crews began restoring cement barricades and chain link fences to again prevent access. Now, Monday, construction …