Saturday, December 18, 2010

Boardwalk renovation ongoing this winter


WILDWOOD – Wildwood’s Public Works Department is working hard to ensure that necessary boardwalk renovations are completed before next year’s summer season.

The department has already installed pressure-treated white pine boards and “stringers,” the support beams underneath the boardwalk from Schellenger to Spicer Avenue, according to officials.

Erwin Nase, assistant superintendent of public works, estimates that his team is replacing an average of 40 feet and 500 boards per day, using approximately six thousand screws per block.

“It’s a job that needs to be done,” said Commissioner Al Brannen. “It’s high time for a renovation, and public works is doing a fantastic job.”

“It’s a lot of work and time,” said Richie Simms, an employee of public works for 10 years and counting, “but it’s worth it if it benefits the city and the tourists.”

The department plans to work through the winter on the boardwalk, hoping to reach Montgomery Avenue by spring.

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