Nearly three months after Hurricane Sandy, the Seaside Heights boardwalk contract has been awarded at a cost of $3.6 million dollars. Work on the 16-block boardwalk is to be complete by May 10 the Asbury Park Press reports. Borough officials, in the devastated Jersey shore community, awarded the contract to Sidd & Associates on Wednesday evening. "I really think this is a turning point," he said. "I feel like this is the sun coming up in the daytime. We're really ready," Borough Council President Rich Tompkins is quoted as saying.
The Seaside Heights boardwalk project is expected to begin by the end of next week. The project is only for the beach walkway and the under pilings. A second contract will reportedly be awarded for ramps, rails, a seawall, and the replacement of boardwalk benches.
The northern end of the 16-block Seaside Heights boardwalk suffered significantly more damage in the October 29 superstorm, than the southern end. "The northern end was totally, totally destroyed. We found it on the bay side of town," Seaside Heights Bill Akers previously revealed. The boards were ripped off the pillars in the northern end, while the underneath structure was battered by Hurricane Sandy the entire length of the boardwalk forcing the entire boardwalk to be rebuilt.
Work on the new Seaside Heights boardwalk is expected to begin in the next 10 days. An aggressive timeline has completion slated for May 10. The boardwalk is a major contributor to the shore community's annual budget and without it the financial impact from Hurricane Sandy would be even more devastating for the residents of Seaside Heights.