OCEAN CITY, Md.- The two-year construction project to rebuild a very popular Worcester County destination is right on track to be completed by this spring. City officials say the Ocean City boardwalk should be ready for the summer rush with construction set to be finished by about the end of April.
The $6 million project began in 2011. According to city officials, it had become necessary.
"Some of the pieces will date back to the 1930's," said City Engineer Terence McGean. "And then you had a storm that did a lot of damage in the 60's, so we had a lot of the structure from the 60's."
The work currently being done is taking place between 15th Street and North Division Street. The first phase, completed in 2012, focused on the boardwalk between 15th Street and 27th Street. The new boardwalk is expected to last for quite some time.
"We would expect the structure underneath here to last us 50 years. The decking, we usually only get about 8 to 10 years out of that," said McGean.
While the new wood is being laid, the old lumber is being recycled. The project contractor said the old wood still has a great deal of use. A company in Florida is using the wood for a special siding. Other pieces are being used here on Delmarva for crab shacks. But there is also interest in the wood for locals, because they believe it holds some sentimental value.
Oh we've had a lot of people come up and say 'hey, can I have a board?' We just give them a board and their happy walking away with it," said Rehak.
City officials are also excited about the strength of the new boardwalk. It will be able to support more weight, which means emergency vehicles will be able to drive up onto the boardwalk when responding to certain situations. That is a new safety measure that was unavailable with the old boardwalk.
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