New boardwalk uptown in Atlantic City

In June, Atlantic City officials reopened the Boardwalk section from Rhode Island to Oriental avenues as Phase 2 of the reconstruction project was underway. That work involving new bulkheads and a seawall along the Inlet is expected to be complete early next year.

Craig Matthews / Staff Photographer

ATLANTIC CITY — Another part of the Boardwalk reconstruction is expected to be unveiled this week.

The second phase of the project connects the missing section from Madison to Melrose avenues, near Oscar E. McClinton Junior Waterfront Park.

The section now has a rock seawall and a steel bulkhead running parallel to it. This is part of the $50 million project that’s working to extend the Boardwalk to Gardner’s Basin.

“It’s continuous now,” Mayor Don Guardian said Friday. “It’s really the first new-style boardwalk we’re seeing.”

When the water splashes against the rocks, the bulkhead will be protected as well as the areas around it during storms, he said.

In June, city officials reopened the Boardwalk section from Rhode Island to Oriental avenues, funded by a grant of about $5 million from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority.

The project included handrails and LED lights, as well as new wooden seating and access ramps to the beach.

A project to connect the Boardwalk all the way toward Gardner’s Basin is still underway, and is scheduled to be completed next year.

City officials expect the section to officially open Thursday afternoon with a ceremony.

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