Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk Refurbishment Phase II and III
Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk
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 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.
The project invests in economic infrastructure, which supports tourism, a major economic driver for Delaware. As part of ARRA requirements, DelDOT must ensure the various federal reporting requirements are being satisfied, while the City is managing the construction and the bidding process. The Boardwalk project went through a public process after it was announced as a possible project to be funded through the ARRA in February. The project met the federal criteria for funding because it serves as not only a pedestrian accessible walkway but enhances tourism, which is a significant economic engine for the state, and creates jobs. Rehoboth Beach Mayor Sam Cooper said without ARRA funding, these phases of the Boardwalk renovation would not be possible. "I couldn't see the City being able to fund this given the economic climate we are in. This is not only important to the City, but to all of Coastal Delaware and the tourism industry. A new, sturdy and safe Boardwalk will leave visitors with a positive impression of this area and helps ensure they return for more."
May 28, 2010