LONGBRANCH: The city's new boardwalk is scheduled to open ahead of schedule.
Originally slated for a Memorial Day opening, Long Branch Business Administrator said this week that the boardwalk will be open before the New Jersey Marathon, which will be held on May 1.
"We are in the 90 percentile as far as completion goes," Woolley said. "We still have to get (Ocean Avenue) paved, finish up the concession stands and do some other detail work on that, but that has come along fabulously."
A ribbon-cutting ceremony has been scheduled for April 19 at 3:30 p.m. at West End Avenue to officially open the boardwalk to the public.
Work on the boardwalk began on June 4, 2015, after the Long Branch Council finalized a $14.4 million contract with George Harms Construction to rebuild the boardwalk wider than it was before it was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy.
Three pavilions with concession stands and bathrooms are also being built, as well as LED lighting, landscaping and railing similar to what is currently located in Pier Village.
There will be 10 access points from Brighton Avenue to Morris Avenue, four of which will be handicap accessible. The handicap accessible beaches will be Cottage Place, West End Avenue, North Bath Avenue and Pavilion Avenue.