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. Two more neighborhoods are in the design phase: 26th Street to 34th Street (between West Avenue and Bay Avenue) and 1st Street to 8th Street (between West Avenue and the bay). 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.
14TH STREET TO 16TH STREET AREA
PROJECT UPDATE: The entire project is now expected to be closed up and secured for summer by mid-June. The city's contractor has been somewhat delayed by water and sewer work. This was mentioned at the ward meeting and coming back in fall to finish work is a possibility. Under no circumstance will the roadway be left as dirt, all areas will be paved, if only stabilized base course for the summer.
12TH STREET TO 14TH STREET AREA NEAR BAY
PROJECT UPDATE: Glenwood work complete. 10th Street work complete. 11th Street bulkhead complete. 17th Street bulkhead complete. Utilities will be relocated to make room for drainage pipe on 11th Street . Walton Place bulkhead added to project.
COUNTY DRAINAGE IMPROVEMENTS
26TH STREET TO 34TH STREET
DESCRIPTION: In spring 2015, City Council awarded a $44,720 contract for an engineering study by Michael Baker International Company to provide recommendations for remediating drainage problems in the area bounded by 26th and 34th streets, West Avenue to Bay Avenue. The Baker firm made a public presentation on their study at a Town Hall Meeting on Aug. 4, 2015. See detail of the full study . City Council in fall 2015 awarded a $642,420 contract to Baker International to design the drainage and roadway improvements. Baker presented its proposed solution to the problem at a town hall meeting on March 30, 2016 (see links below). The first phase of work will address the drainage issues and is expected to begin in fall 2016 and be complete by summer 2017. The plan includes replacing and increasing the capacity of storm drain pipes (many of which are damaged), upgrading check valves, reconfiguring roads to make sure water flows into the storm drain system and using four pumping stations to increase the rate of drainage. The city is actively seeking grants to offset some of the cost of the project, which will be funded through the capital plan.
SCHEDULE: First phase tentatively scheduled to start in fall 2016 and be complete by summer 2017.
PROJECT UPDATE: Baker presented its plans at a public town hall meeting on March 30.
NORTH END PUMPING STATION
One proposed outfall location at the Bayside Center involves Cape May County (which owns the property), and the state Green Acres program (which governs the recreational fields where re-routed pipes might travel). The city continues to work with those entities to explore the possibility. Still waiting on decision from Green Acres and state DEP as of April 2016.
WEST 17TH STREET BRIDGE IMPROVEMENTS
WEST AVENUE RESTRIPING
OCEANFRONT STORMWATER OUTFALL IMPROVEMENTS
LAGOON DRAINAGE REPAIRS
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.
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).
4500 Block Sanitary Line: Installation of a sanitary sewer line to service structures on the west side of the 4500 block of West Avenue. Under construction.
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). Water and sewer work complete. Some restoration of roads still needs to occur. Paving work on Central Avenue between 24th Street and 28th Street began in the week of March 21.
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). Wesley Avenue still needs to be restored. 3100 block of West will be jointly paved by the water and gas companies.
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). Spring 2016
Drainage, Bulkhead and Road Presentation (explaining island-wide flooding issues)