Rehoboth Boardwalk to be Rebuilt

by Dave on July 4, 2009

As first seen in Coastal Sussex Weekly, June 11, 2009:

The boardwalk in Rehoboth will be completely rebuilt, the state of Delaware has announced.

The total length of the Boardwalk project is 4,143 feet, and will include the southern portion from Prospect Street to Laurel Street, the northern-most portion from Maryland Avenue to Surfside Place, and at the commercial district from Rehoboth Avenue to Maryland Avenue. The project invests in economic infrastructure, which supports tourism, a major economic driver for Delaware.

“Delaware is using the funding from the federal economic recovery package to get Delawareans back to work and improve our infrastructure for years to come,” Delaware Governor Jack Markell said. “A new Boardwalk makes the nation’s Summer Capital even more attractive to visitors and helps nearby businesses and the workers they employ.”

DelDOT Secretary Carolann Wicks said, “This is one more transportation project that is generating jobs. Already, we are hearing from contractors that they have been able to move their workers from the unemployment lines to the work lines.”

The Boardwalk project will include a major reconstruction, utilizing auger cast in place piles, cast in place concrete girder beams, Southern Yellow Pine stringers, and Southern Yellow Pine decking. The existing metal and wood light poles will be replaced with fiberglass composite poles, with the exception of four steel light poles which will be located north of Rehoboth Avenue to carry lighting for the City’s summer night recreation program. Foot showers, drinking fountains, bench platforms, and bike parking areas will also be included in the scope of work, as will the rehabilitation and/or reconstruction of three pavilions.

The expected start date is early September 2009 beginning at the southernmost section at Prospect Avenue. Rehoboth Avenue north will not begin before October 27, 2009. All work from Prospect Street to Laurel Street is to be completed by December 24, 2009.  The work at Rehoboth Avenue is to be completed by February 5, 2010.  The work from Rehoboth Avenue to Maryland Avenue is to be completed by April 2, 2010, with the balance of the project completed by May 15, 2010.

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