Capital Projects Boardwalk


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The boardwalk reopened on March 10 (2016) after completion of a reconstruction project between Plaza Place (just north of Seventh Street) and Eighth Street. Runners and bicyclists are no longer being detoured. Sign up for project update alerts by email .


  • When: Work began in October after Columbus Day Weekend (2015) and the boardwalk reopened on March 10.
  • Where: Ocean City Boardwalk between Plaza Place and Eighth Street.
  • Who: Walters Marine Construction of Ocean View was the contractor.
  • What: Complete replacement of the boardwalk decking and substructure. This was the third phase of a multiyear project to rebuild the boardwalk between Fifth Street and 12th Street.
  • Why: Deteriorating condition of the concrete substructure and regular maintenance of boardwalk decking.
  • How: Sections of decking were constructed off-site and lowered into place by a crane. This method proved successful and efficient in the first three phases of the project.The decking is made from southern yellow pine with a thickness of 3 inches, about twice that of traditional boardwalk planks.
  • How much: The contract cost was $1,888,347.
  • What's next: The project work runs only in the off-season and began at Fifth Street in fall 2013. It will continue from Eighth Street to 10th Street (2016-17), 10th Street to 12th Street (2017-18), and boardwalk ramps between Eighth Street and 12th Street (2018-19).

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Runners, pedestrians and cyclists were detoured off the Boardwalk at Sixth Street and Eighth Street and sent down to Atlantic Avenue. The detour added about 0.41 miles to a run the length of the boardwalk (from 2.45 miles to 2.86 miles).


New pavilions on the ocean side of the boardwalk at 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th streets are in the permitting stage with the state Department of Environmental Protection. Construction of the pavilions could begin during the next phase of boardwalk reconstruction in the off-season of 2016-17.


An ADA ramp providing access to the boardwalk at 19th Street is in the design stage (19th Street is the only boardwalk entrance accessible from the street only by stairs). This project likely will begin after the summer. A request to widen the 14th Street boardwalk ramp to provide easier access for vehicles with floats is also in the design stage.