LONG BRANCH: The construction of the city's new boardwalk is moving quickly; so quickly that a portion of it could be open later this fall.
"They are anticipating possibly opening the boardwalk section from Brighton Avenue to West End Avenue some time in November, if everything goes right," Long Branch Director of Public Works Fred Migliaccio said at the Sept. 24 Long Branch Council meeting.
Long Branch Business Administrator Howard Woolley said that is a best case scenario, but that it has been the plan since the beginning of the project.
"As they complete substantial sections, they want to open it up," Woolley said.
Migliaccio said decking is complete from Brighton Avenue to Brown Road, and that the contractor, George Harms Construction Co., is hoping to pave between Brighton and West End Avenue in early November.
The handicap access ramp at West End Avenue is under construction and should be completed in a couple weeks. The concession building is up at West End Avenue and simply waiting for windows to be installed.
If all these steps are completed, it is likely that the aforementioned stretch of boardwalk will be open to the public.
Another concession building at Cottage Place is almost up and should be completed in a couple of days and the concrete slab for the North Bath Avenue concession stand has been poured, Migliaccio said.
Extensive drainage work is now underway at South Bath Avenue, boardwalk framing is now complete up to South Bath Avenue, and pilings have been driven up to Morris Avenue.
Some landscaping is in up to North Bath Avenue. Migliaccio said there will be landscaping on both sides of the new boardwalk.