LONG BRANCH: The first steps to build a new boardwalk in the city begin with the demolition of the original structure.
D&J Mazza Demolition, which was awarded a $69,000 contract by the Long Branch Council, began the process of removing the old pieces of the boardwalk from Pier Village South to Brighton Avenue this week.
The project began in the area of Pavilion and will continue to move south over the next few weeks as each section of old boardwalk is removed.
The Long Branch Police say the demolition will cause road closures to vehicles and pedestrians and are asking people not to enter sites were boardwalk removal is taking place.
Mayor Adam Schneider has said he hopes that the removal process will be complete before the beginning of the Long Branch beach season.
The city will maintain all the public access points it did last summer.
The construction of the new boardwalk will likely begin in the months following the summer season, but the Long Branch Council must first choose a design that will satisfy FEMA, which is reimbursing the city for most of the construction work that will done. The hope is to have the boardwalk built in time for the summer of 2015.