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Ventnor awards contract for North Beach streetscaping

VENTNOR — Construction to enhance one business district’s curb appeal can get started now that the city has awarded a contract for its North Beach Streetscape Improvement Project.

After seeking bids for the project for a second time, the city awarded a contract of $1,077,799 to Ocean Construction LLC of Marmora on Oct. 25.

The project, which will span three blocks along Atlantic Avenue between Weymouth and Surrey avenues, will include new curbs, sidewalks, streetlights, trees, tree grates, benches and bike racks.

“I think it’s worth putting all those additions in there because it will set the tone for that block,” Commissioner Tim Kriebel said. “It raises the bar.”

The city received an $800,000 grant for the project two years ago from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority.

The grant funds were available through the authority’s Stronger NJ Streetscape Revitalization Program for communities affected by Hurricane Sandy.

The city had awarded a $69,925 contract to Marathon Engineering and Environmental Services in August 2017 but faced difficulty getting bids on the project.

Now, the project marks another step the city has made to revitalize Ventnor’s North Beach district, the 10 northernmost blocks, stretching from Jackson to Little Rock avenues.

Commissioner Lance Landgraf said a preconstruction meeting will be held soon to develop a work schedule. He said foot traffic in the commercial area will be limited during construction but not eliminated.

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