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Capital Projects Roads and Drainage

Ocean City will spend $7.75 million on road and drainage projects in 2018 and $32 million in total over the next five years.
The city has identified the most flood-prone neighborhoods on the island and is working with outside engineering experts to design comprehensive plans to mitigate flooding across these large drainage basins. Merion Park was completed in December 2014. Work on 26th Street to 34th Street (between West Avenue and Bay Avenue) will be completed in spring 2018, and 1st Street to 8th Street (between West Avenue and the bay) will begin in February 2018. Engineers also will study potential solutions to flooding along the bay side between 46th Street and 51st Street, at 35th and 36th streets and in the lagoon community along West 17th Street. More drainage basins will be added as these projects progress.  
At the same time, the city is using a Road Rating System (updated in March 2016) to determine priorities for additional road work across the length of Ocean City. All projects are designed to address utility work, drainage, paving, and amenities for pedestrians/bicyclists at the same time. The city also is exploring the possibility of short-term solutions while major projects continue.
Here are projects currently under construction, in the planning stages and recently completed -- along with a list of roads where utility work will take place.





  • DESCRIPTION: Work to replace the bridge and inter-lagoon culvert on W. 17th Street. This is a Cape May County project.  At a public meeting in July 2016, county officials shared information about a plan to replace the bridge with a pre-cast concrete structure. The new bridge will include 6-foot-wide shoulders on each side, as well as 6-foot-wide sidewalks. One lane of traffic will remain open at all times during construction and utility service will be uninterrupted. The estimated cost of the project is about $2 million.
  • SCHEDULE: Construction began in spring 2017 and is now expected to be complete in summer 2018.
  • PROJECT UPDATE: Work is ongoing.


  • DESCRIPTION: Upgrade drainage pipe on the beach to handle 10-year storm as well as upgrading drainage pipes on the west side of the boardwalk.
  • SCHEDULE: Fall 2018
  • PROJECT UPDATE: Work will resume after Labor Day 2018.
  • DESCRIPTION: First Street (West to Atlantic), North Street (Central to Atlantic), 2nd Street (West to Atlantic), 3rd Street (West to Atlantic Ave), Wesley (Battersea to 1st Street), West/Asbury alley (North to 1st), Asbury/Central alley (1st to 3rd), Central/Wesley alley (1st to 3rd), Asbury/Central alley (4th to 5th), Central/Wesley alley (8th to 9th).
  • SCHEDULE: To be completed in Fall 2018.
  • PROJECT UPDATE: Portions of the project west of Wesley Avenue will be completed after Labor Day 2018.



  • DESCRIPTION: 22nd Street (West to Asbury), Tennessee Avenue, Caroline Lane, Coral Lane, Gilbert Lane, Kingston Lane, Marshall Lane, Tennessee Avenue Boat Ramp Parking Lot, 21st Street (bulkhead to Bay), Pine Road, Tobago Lane, Barbados Lane, 18th Street (bulkhead to Bay), Walton Place (including check valve replacement).
  • SCHEDULE: Fall 2018.
  • PROJECT UPDATE: Paving of Walton Place is scheduled for fall 2018.




  • DESCRIPTION: Asbury Avenue (52nd Street to southern terminus), West Avenue (55th Street to 59th Street), 48th Street (Haven Avenue to beach), St. David's Place (West Ave. to beach), Merion Place (West Ave. to beach), Haven Avenue (49th to 50th), 50th Street (West to beach), 51st Street (West to beach), 52nd Street (West to Central), 53rd Street (West to beach), 54th Street (West to beach), 56th Street (Bay to Central), 57th Street (West to beach), 58th Street (West to Central), 59th Street (West to Central), W. 55th Street (Dory to terminus), Haven/West alley (55th to 56th), Asbury/Central alley (52nd to terminus).
  • SCHEDULE: Fall 2018.



  • DESCRIPTION: 12th Street (West to beach), 11th Street (Haven to Central), 10th Street north side (Wesley to beach), Simpson Avenue (10th to 11th), Tioga Terrace, Ninth Street, Asbury/Central alley (11th to 13th), Simpson/Haven alley (12th to 14th). Funding includes $190,000 NJDOT grant.
  • SCHEDULE: Fall 2018 or spring 2019.



  • DESCRIPTION: Simpson Avenue (24th to 25th), 25th Street (West to Wesley), 26th Street and pipe to West (Asbury to beach), West/Asbury alley (27th to 26th), Central Avenue (28th to 24th), Wesley Avenue (26th to 24th), 27th Street (West to beach), 28th Street (West to Wesley), Central/Wesley alley (26th to 28th), 32nd Street north side (West to Asbury), 31st Street (West to Asbury), 33rd Street (West to beach), Simpson Avenue (34th to 33rd).
  • SCHEDULE: Fall 2018 or spring 2019.


  • DESCRIPTION: Seaview Road (Waverly to beach), Seacrest Road (Waverly to beach), Seacliff Road (E. Atlantic to beach), E. Aberdeen Road (Gardens Parkway to Wesley Road), E. Newcastle Road (Gardens Parkway to Wesley Road), E. Dundee Road (Gardens Parkway to Wesley Road), E. Edinburgh Road (Gardens Parkway to Wesley Road), E. Gardens Parkway (Little) (E. Seaspray to E. Newcastle), Wesley Road (Gardens Parkway to E. Newcastle), Waverly Blvd (Wesley to Seaspray), Edinburgh/Aberdeen alley (Gardens Parkway to Wesley Road), Aberdeen/Newcastle alley (Gardens Parkway to Wesley Road).
  • SCHEDULE: Fall 2018 or spring 2019.


  • DESCRIPTION: Street ends will include 8th Street, Moorlyn Terrace, 9th Street, 10th Street and 11th Street with deck extensions and ramps. Outfalls will include 5th, 8th, 10th, 11th, 14th, 4th and North.
  • SCHEDULE: Contingent on outfall permits.

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  • 2017 ROAD IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM - PHASE 145th Street (Haven to West), 46th Street (West to Beach), 47th Street (Haven to Beach), Asbury Avenue (45th to 47th), Haven/West Alley (43rd to 45th), West/Asbury Alley (46th to 47th), Haven/West Alley (51st to 53rd), 53rd Street (Bay to West), West/Asbury Alley (26th to 27th), Central/Wesley Alley (26th to 28th). Dog park concrete apron.
  • 2017 BULKHEAD IMPROVEMENTSCayman Harbor, Alder Lane and Tennessee Avenue. Floating dock at boat ramp. Phase 2 will include Pine Road Marcus Harbor, Pine Road Tonga Harbor and 21st Street. Phase 3 will be 13th Street, 18th Street and a 2nd Street bulkhead repair.
  • OCEANFRONT STORMWATER OUTFALL IMPROVEMENTSIncrease outfall capacity for outfalls at 3rd Street, 6th Street, 9th Street,  and 13th Street. The new pipes have three times the capacity of the old ones.
  • 34TH STREET BRIDGE REDECKING: A two-year Cape May County project replaced the decking of the bridge (constructed in 1964). Thirteen of 31 spans were completely replaced, and 18 underwent "hydro-demolition" to blast away the top three inches of concrete. The $8 million project on the most heavily traveled Cape May County bridge also included steel and railing repairs.
  • SOUTH JERSEY GAS MAIN RENEWAL PROJECTSouth Jersey Gas contractors began work on a natural gas main renewal project in Ocean City in January 2018. Work is expected to be complete by May 1, 2018.The project includes parts of 34th Street and nearby stretches of Asbury Avenue, Central Avenue, Wesley Avenue, West Avenue, Simpson Avenue, Waterway Road, Sunnyside Court, Bayland Drive, Bay Avenue, 36th Street, 34th Street, 32nd Street, 31st Street, 30th Street, 29th Street, 28th Street, 27th Street, 24th Street, 23rd Street and 22nd Street.
  • 2016 ROAD IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM - PHASE 5: 12th Street (Haven to West), Delancey (Atlantic to Boardwalk), Park Place (Atlantic to Boardwalk), St. Charles (Atlantic to Boardwalk), Fourth Street (Atlantic to Boardwalk) and Third Street (Wesley to Atlantic). Project may include some other north-end streets and alleys.
  • DRAINAGE IMPROVEMENTS AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS: Replace check valves at 14th Street and 16th Street.
  • SOUTH JERSEY GAS CONSTRUCTION: South Jersey Gas converted the natural gas infrastructure system from lower to higher pressure throughout the city. South Jersey Gas performed this work to enhance and protect its infrastructure in advance of future significant weather events as part of its Storm Hardening and Reliability Program.
  • 2016 BULKHEAD IMPROVEMENTS: Replacing the bulkhead on Tennessee Avenue at Salvador Harbor.
  • 2016 TRAFFIC SIGNAL IMPROVEMENTS: Traffic lights at 14th Street and Wesley Avenue, and 18th Street and Asbury Avenue.
  • 2016 ROAD IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM: Paving of East Atlantic (Surf Rd. to Gardens Parkway), Holly Tree, Pinnacle, Gull, Gull Haven, East Seaspray (East Atlantic to Waverly), 10th Street and Palen Avenue, 4000 block of West/Asbury alley, 00 block of Central/Wesley alley, 1400 block of Simpson/Haven alley.
  • 2016 ROAD IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM - PHASE 2: Elevation and drainage improvements on 46th Street.
  • 14TH STREET TO 16TH STREET AREA: Project included paving and drainage work of Pleasure Avenue (14th to 16th), 16th Street (bulkhead to West Avenue), 15th Street (bulkhead to Bay Avenue), 14th Street (bulkhead to Bay Avenue), Prospect Avenue, Wovern Place, Bayview Place, the Bayview-14th alley, Bayonne Place, Sunset Place, 1600 block of the Bay-Simpson alley, 1600 block of Haven Avenue and the 1500 block of the Haven-West alley. All roads were designed with pitch to move water into the storm drain system. The project included new drainage pipes capable of handling flow from a 10-year storm. Combined with new and bigger outfall pipes and bulkhead improvements, the entire area should see improved drainage. A Third Ward meeting on this topic was held Feb. 20, 2016. City Council on Feb. 25 approved a $1,577,540 contract with Lexa Concrete of Hammonton to complete the job. (The photo above shows the rusted and clogged condition of existing small-diameter drainage pipes.)
  • LAGOON DRAINAGE REPAIRS: Sink holes in the side yards of numerous homes related to deteriorating drainage pipes -- 47-51 Arkansas, 58-60 Arkansas, 44-46 Waterway, 25-26 Grenada, 1-2 Caroline, 1-2 Kingston.
  • 12TH STREET TO 14TH STREET AREA NEAR BAY: New Jersey American Water project including milling, paving and drainage improvements to the 1200 and 1300 blocks of Pleasure Avenue, 12th Street and 13th Street (from Pleasure to Bay Avenue) and the Pleasure/Bay alley.

  • 11TH STREET AND WEST 17TH STREET BULKHEAD IMPROVEMENTS: Work Replacement of 11th Street bulkhead, paving of 11th Street west of Bay Avenue and installation of larger drainage pipe on 11th Street; West 17th Street bulkhead; drainage on north side of 10th Street between Wesley and Ocean; Glenwood Drive gutter around cul-de-sac; 7th and Asbury/Central ADA ramp on north side of street.

  • COUNTY DRAINAGE IMPROVEMENTS: Replacement of drainage pipe on the west side of 55th Street and inlets at 34th Street and Asbury Avenue.

  • Spring 2016 Alley Improvements: 100 Block of Wesley/Ocean alley, 300 block of Asbury/Central alley, 1000 block of West/Asbury alley, 5400 block of Asbury/Central alley, 5500 block of Asbury/Central alley and 800 block of Wesley/Ocean alley. Work was completed in March 2016.
  • Merion Park Drainage Project: Comprehensive road and drainage project including the reconfiguration and replacement of storm drain system, installation of three pumping stations and repaving of roads.
  • Bay Avenue: 6th Street to 18th Street. Work completed by Cape May County.
  • Gardens Roadwork: Paving of West Station Road, Sindia, Haven Avenue, North Street, Warwick Road, First Street, Haven/West alley, Simpson/Haven alley and bioswale at North Street and West Avenue. By installing the bioswale, the City now has a demonstration of how a bioswale can help treat stormwater in the community. The bioswale offers a home to some wildlife species, especially birds, and native vegetation is used to help treat the stormwater that is collected in the bioswale.
  • Gardens Roadwork II: West Atlantic Boulevard, Bridge Boulevard, Crescent Road, West Surf Road, Inlet Road (Battersea to West Surf Road), Landing Road, East Inlet and East Surf Road.
  • Downtown Paving: At 7th Street, 8th Street, 800 block of West Avenue, Pennlyn Place and 11th Street
  • South End Asbury Avenue: Paving of Asbury (42nd to 45th), 45th Street (West to Central), 44th Street (meadows to Central), 43rd Street (meadows to Central), 4600 block of the Asbury/Central alley.
  • West Avenue Restriping: County project to create buffered bicyle lanes south of 34th Street.
  • Bulkhead Improvements: 16th Street, Battersea Road, Cove Walk, Walton Place, North Street, 12th Street, 2nd Street Marina, 7th Street and Landing Road.
  • Tennessee Avenue Bulkhead and Second Street Docks: Bulkhead improvements to mitigate flooding.
  • 10th Street Bulkhead Improvements: Replacement of bulkhead and fishing pier.
  • Fall 2013 Roads 3: Stenton Place, Pelham Place, Arkansas Avenue, Simpson Avenue (1100 block east side), 12th Street (Bay to Simpson, south side).
  • Fall 2013 Roads 1: Asbury Avenue (39th to 42nd), 42nd Street (West to Central), 41st Street (with drainage from Central to meadows);,40th Street (with drainage from Central to meadows), 39th Street (West to Central), 56th Street (Central to beach), 52nd Street (Central to beach), West/Asbury alley (8th to 9th).


  • West Atlantic Boulevard (between Bridge Boulevard and Gardens Parkway): Improvements complete.
  • 4500 Block Sanitary Line: Installation of a sanitary sewer line to service structures on the west side of the 4500 block of West Avenue. .
  • Sewer and Water Improvements I: 9th Street (Ocean to Atlantic), Ocean Avenue (Ocean Colony to Moorlyn), West 17th Street (bridge to flag pole), Wesley Avenue (28th to 22nd), 28th Street (Asbury to Wesley), 27th Street (Asbury to Wesley), 26th Street (Asbury to Wesley), 25th Street (Central to Wesley), 24th Street (Central to Wesley), 33rd Street (Bay to Asbury), 32nd Street (Bay to Asbury), Simpson Avenue (31st to 34th), Haven Avenue (31st to 34th), Haven/West alley (3300 and 3400 blocks), Asbury/Central alley (2500, 2400 and 0000 blocks), 1st Street (Ocean to Atlantic), St. James Place (Corinthian to Boardwalk), 1st Street (Corinthian to Boardwalk).
  • Gas Main Improvements I: Wesley Avenue (1500 block), West Avenue (3100 block), 4th Street (700 block), St. James Place (900 block), Asbury Avenue (5100 block).
  • Sewer and Water Improvements II: 12th Street (Pleasure to West), Pleasure (12th to 15th), Pleasure/Bay alley (1200 and 1300 blocks), Marine Place, 13th Street (Bay Avenue to Pleasure).
  • Gas Main Improvements II: Asbury Road (Battersea to North), Central Avenue (Battersea to 2nd), Wesley Road (1st to North), Ocean Avenue (North to 4th), Atlantic Avenue (Nassau Walk to 5th), Corinthian (North to Brighton), 4th Street (800-900 block), Park Place (800-900 block), 3rd Street (700 block), Delancey Place (800-900 block), Pennlyn Place (700-900 block), 2nd Street (500-700 block), St. Charles Place (800-900 block), 1st Street (Asbury to beach), St. James (900 block), Stenton Place (800-900 block), Battersea Road (Wesley to Atlantic), Asbury Avenue (21st to 29th), West Avenue (11th to 16th), 24th Street (300 block).



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Presentation (May 19, 2018)