LONG BRANCH:Two beach entrances will be closed after Memorial Day due to the beginning stages of the reconstruction of the city's boardwalk.
The Brighton Avenue and West End Avenue beach entrances will be closed beginning Tuesday, May 26 while the contractor, George Harms Construction Company, begins to mobilize his equipment to the beachfront, Long Branch Business Administrator Howard Woolley said.
Woolley said lifeguards will remain posted at the beaches and people will be able to use the beaches, just not the beach entrances.
"We're not going to charge admission there (Memorial Day) weekend as there won't even be a temporary bathroom set up," Woolley said.
Beach closures will be the norm this summer as the contractor begins work to rebuild the boardwalk and moves up the coast.
"We're going to play it by ear this summer," Woolley said. "From all accounts, this is a very fast-moving contractor. Our main concern is to have it built quickly and, most importantly, safely."
Actual construction of the boardwalk is expected to begin either June 10 or June 12 with the contractor installing sheet pile walls that will give the new boardwalk added protection.
Substantial completion of the boardwalk and bluff is expected by Memorial Day, 2016.