Hugh Merkle Team - COMPASS RE

Avalon Projects Moving Along

Posted June 29th 2020

The reconstruction of the 8th Street jetty is set to be completed before the July 4th holiday weekend. Following Winter Storm Jonas in January of 2016, the Borough of Avalon applied for and received funding of more than $4 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to repair the jetty; 75% of the project was funded by FEMA with 25% by the Borough of Avalon.

The project included rebuilding the jetty to make it sturdier, able to hold and keep sand placed on the north-end beaches longer, and be available for fishermen. The crew working the project demobilized its heavy equipment as of June 17, and the jetty has been successfully elevated and completely restored with a new top core layer with rod holders for fishermen.

“This was a very important project for Avalon, and we are pleased that we were able to secure millions of dollars to complete this project,” said Mayor Martin Pagliughi. “This project is for resiliency and for the protection of our entire community. We remain hopeful that the new design will slow down the erosion for critical beach-fill projects that protect our community.”

The Avalon Public Works Department recently completed a large project with the opening of the new 30th Street beach access ramp. The ramp project included widening the entrance, providing more pedestrian space for ease of access to and from the beach, new pilings for safety, and low-level lighting for the evening hours.

In addition to the ramp, the department also replaced more than 1,000 boards along the span of the boardwalk to allow for enhanced pedestrian safety. Avalon’s ongoing boardwalk maintenance program is created through the Atlantic County Municipal Joint Insurance Fund, with Avalon’s Business Administrator Scott Wahl serving as chairman of the executive committee.

“The initiative and dedication to pedestrian safety efforts is exactly what the Atlantic County Municipal Joint Insurance Fund expects from its members,” says Wahl. “This project has received many compliments from the public and will provide an unforgettable visual approach to the 30th Street beach for decades to come.”

And finally, work being done on the Ingram Thorofare Bridge project reached the halfway point. As of June 15, the contractor finished making temporary repairs, which resulted in additional lane closures through the month. Repairs to the eastbound lane will resume following Labor Day weekend. No further repairs are scheduled through the remainder of the summer.

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