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New Long Branch Boardwalk Will Be Wider

Long Branch's new boardwalk will almost 10 feet wider than the original structure according to City Business Administrator Howard Woolley.

Woolley said the plan is to have the boardwalk north of South Bath Avenue to Pier Village be 20 feet in width where it was originally 10.6 feet. South of South Bath Avenue to Brighton Avenue, the boardwalk will be 16 feet wide.

"Because of the increasing height as you move south from Bath Avenue, it becomes difficult to go out to 20 feet, you would have cantilever the thing and then you're inviting it to be destroyed during the next nor'easter, let alone hurricane," Woolley said this week.

The Long Branch Council bonded over $18 million to rebuild the boardwalk, but FEMA is expected to recoup much of the cost.

"As we move forward and do the work, we can be reimbursed by FEMA and actually retire some of those bonds," Woolley said.

Woolley said the bid is now valid so the city can move forward with the bidding process for the new boardwalk in the next two months and begin construction in the spring.

"We're going to be substantially wider and we think substantially better with it and we'll have to endure construction with it during the summer," he said.


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