Sea Girt Boardwalk Recovery - Operation Comeback

Reconstruction work on the Sea Girt boardwalk began in January.
Reconstruction work on the Sea Girt boardwalk began in January.
Damaged treks and old stringers are removed from Pavilion area for replacement.
Damaged treks and old stringers are removed from the Pavilion area for replacement.
The Sea Girt Department of Public Works removed sand from the old boardwalk area to prepare it for new construction.
The Sea Girt Department of Public Works removed sand from the old boardwalk area to prepare it for new construction. By doing so, the rebuilding process has been able to move along more efficiently.
Flat beds deliver the first of many shipments of Class A pilings to the borough for the new boardwalk.The pilings were delivered on February 21.
Flat beds deliver the first of many shipments of Class A pilings to the Borough for the new boardwalk. These pilings were delivered on February 21, 2013.
Class A pilings (16.5 x 25) stacked and ready for placement.
Class A pilings (16.5 x 25) stacked and ready for placement.
The first new piling for the Sea Girt boardwalk was installed at 11:10 AM on February 22, 2013 by Wallace Contracting of Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey.
The first new piling for the Sea Girt boardwalk was installed at 11:10 AM on February 22, 2013 by Wallace Contracting of Point Pleasant Beach, NJ.
Sea Girt Public Works constructs a dune protection system at the south end of the borough's beaches.
Sea Girt Public Works constructs a dune protection system at the south end of the borough's beaches. The Borough of Sea Girt has maintained a solid structure, even prior to Hurricane Sandy. Immediately following Sandy, Sea Girt worked hard to rebuild the dune structure that was already in place.

Additionally, the dunes were built even higher and wider. During his visit to Sea Girt, Governor Chris Christie used the Borough's dune system as an example for the rest of New Jersey to adopt.
Mayor Ken Farrell introduces Governor Chris Christie during a press conference in Sea Girt on Wednesday, February 6, 2013.
Mayor Ken Farrell introduces Governor Chris Christie during a press conference in Sea Girt on Wednesday, February 6, 2013. The Governor visited Sea Girt Beach to look at the Borough's boardwalk construction and dune building program.
New Jersey DEP Commissioner Martin, Governor Christie, and Mayor Farrell hold a press conference at Sea Girt's NGTC.
(left to right) New Jersey DEP Commissioner Martin, Governor Christie, and Mayor Farrell hold a press conference at Sea Girt's NGTC.
An unusual visitor to the Sea Girt beaches this winter was a Harbor Seal who stopped by to see how construction was going.
An unusual visitor to the Sea Girt beaches this winter was a Harbor Seal who stopped by to see how construction was going.
Sea Girt's first shipments of boardwalk Trek's arrived by truck from Virginia.
Sea Girt's first shipments of boardwalk Trek's arrived by truck from Virginia.
Sea Girt's second shipment of Class B pilings for
Sea Girt's second shipment of Class B pilings for "Phase One" boardwalk construction arrives from Virginia.
A Class A Piling 25-foot is shaped at base to make for easier placement in the sand.
A Class A Piling 25-foot is shaped at base to make for easier placement in the sand.
Class A Pilings ready for Installation on Sea Girt Beach For
Class A Pilings ready for Installation on Sea Girt Beach For "Phase One" boardwalk construction.
An employee of Wallace Construction, Pt. Pleasant, NJ, shoots an electronic survey across pilings to set the correct boardwalk elevation.
An employee of Wallace Construction, Pt. Pleasant, NJ, shoots an electronic survey across pilings to set the correct boardwalk elevation.
After boardwalk elevations are set, pilings are trimmed for notching and bracing before the final stage of building the complete piling-cap.
After boardwalk elevations are set, pilings are trimmed for notching and bracing before the final stage of building the complete piling-cap.
During sand clearing for
During sand clearing for "Phase One" boardwalk construction the old wooden Brooklyn groin built in the 1940s was exposed.

The old bulkhead on the Sea Girt side of Wreck Pond is exposed and rotted. The area is unsafe and has been marked by signs.
The old bulkhead on the Sea Girt side of Wreck Pond is exposed and rotted. The area is unsafe and has been marked by signs.
Sea Girt DPW carpenter, Charles Hill, replaces a street barricade using wood recycled from Sandy, with assistance from a Monmouth County Grant employee.
Sea Girt DPW carpenter, Charles Hill, replaces a street barricade using wood recycled from Sandy, with assistance from a Monmouth County Grant employee.
The last of the old boardwalk railing on the beach was removed and sold by Sea Girt for scrap, netting about $2,000.
The last of the old boardwalk railing on the beach was removed and sold by Sea Girt for scrap, netting about $2,000.
Frank Lurch Demolition from Avon, N.J., removed all the heavy debris washed up on North Beach from Sandy.
Frank Lurch Demolition from Avon, N.J., removed all the heavy debris washed up on North Beach from Sandy.
Old piling-caps from New York to Trenton beaches are exposed for replacement in Phase Two.
Old piling-caps from New York to Trenton beaches are exposed for replacement in Phase Two.
Sand on the west side of the old boardwalk foot print from New York to Trenton beach is removed to ready for the start of Phase Two.
Sand on the west side of the old boardwalk foot print from New York to Trenton beach is removed to ready for the start of Phase Two
The winter of 2012-2013 has seen a steady succession of Nor'easter's that batter the Jersey Shore.
The winter of 2012-2013 has seen a steady succession of Nor'easter's that batter the Jersey Shore.
A spate of recent Nor'easters has caused Wreck Pond to randomly open to the ocean on high tides.
A spate of recent Nor'easters has caused Wreck Pond to randomly open to the ocean on high tides.
High moon tides and Nor'easter's have tested the dune structures the borough is maintaining along Morven Terrace to prevent flooding.
High moon tides and Nor'easter's have tested the dune structures the borough is maintaining along Morven Terrace to prevent flooding.
A relentless ocean during recent Nor'easter's whittles away at Sea Girt's dunes. DPW crews continue to replace what nature takes.
A relentless ocean during recent Nor'easter's whittles away at Sea Girt's dunes. DPW crews continue to replace what nature takes.
Scarred by vicious 60-mph Northeast winds, Sea Girt's dunes keep doing their job to protect borough infrastructure.
Scarred by vicious 60-mph Northeast winds, Sea Girt's dunes keep doing their job to protect borough infrastructure.
Demolition and the removal of sand from the damaged Pavilion kayak lockers has begun. The first step in preparing the lockers for new construction.
Demolition and the removal of sand from the damaged Pavilion kayak lockers has begun. The first step in preparing the lockers for new construction.
Installing the new pilings by the Pavilion required the removal of a significant about of sand and storm debris washed under the old boardwalk by Sandy.
Installing the new pilings by the Pavilion required the removal of a significant about of sand and storm debris washed under the old boardwalk by Sandy.
With the rotted piling caps by the Pavilion removed, new Class-A pilings and caps were being installed by Wallace Contracting.
With the rotted piling caps by the Pavilion removed, new Class-A pilings and caps were being installed by Wallace Contracting.
Rotted piling caps were discovered adjacent to the Pavilion picnic area and it was determined they had to be replaced.
Rotted piling caps were discovered adjacent to the Pavilion picnic area and it was determined they had to be replaced.
New piling caps were installed at elevations set by Sea Girt's engineer Peter Avakain. Note colored string used to maintain the proper piling height.
New piling caps were installed at elevations set by Sea Girt's engineer Peter Avakain. Note colored string used to maintain the proper piling height.
Before any framing could take place piling caps had to be set correctly to insure the new boardwalk elevation matched the engineering blueprints.
Before any framing could take place piling caps had to be set correctly to insure the new boardwalk elevation matched the engineering blueprints.
Master carpenter's from Wallace Contracting, Pt. Pleasant Beach, N.J. have been applying boardwalk framing on a daily basis since March 1, 2013.
Master carpenter's from Wallace Contracting, Pt. Pleasant Beach, N.J. have been applying boardwalk framing on a daily basis since March 1, 2013.
Steve Wallace, the president of Wallace Contracting (white cap) was on the beach making sure boardwalk construction elevations were accurate.
Steve Wallace, the president of Wallace Contracting (white cap) was on the beach making sure boardwalk construction elevations were accurate.
Sea Girt boardwalk framing is almost complete from Beacon Boulevard to Brooklyn Boulevard.
Sea Girt boardwalk framing is almost complete from Beacon Boulevard to Brooklyn Boulevard.
A carpenter from Wallace Contracting has to go below the newly framed section of Sea Girt boardwalk to secure the hurricane straps.
A carpenter from Wallace Contracting has to go below the newly framed section of Sea Girt boardwalk to secure the hurricane straps.
A key component of the new Sea Girt boardwalk is the inclusion of hurricane straps throughout the project.
A key component of the new Sea Girt boardwalk is the inclusion of hurricane straps throughout the project.
A long-awaited delivery of lumber for boardwalk framing arrived in Sea Girt the first week in March.
A long-awaited delivery of lumber for boardwalk framing arrived in Sea Girt the first week in March.

After the lumber for framing arrived it was stacked for immediate use by Wallace Contracting, Pt. Pleasant Beach, N.J.
After the lumber for framing arrived it was stacked for immediate use by Wallace Contracting, Pt. Pleasant Beach, N.J.
With an ample supply of lumber the framing of the Sea Girt boardwalk has been moving along at a steady pace.
With an ample supply of lumber the framing of the Sea Girt boardwalk has been moving along at a steady pace.
The lumber delivery was put to immediate use by carpenters from Wallace Contracting as they began framing the new boardwalk.
The lumber delivery was put to immediate use by carpenters from Wallace Contracting as they began framing the new boardwalk.
In recent weeks the Wreck Pond Inlet that was opened by Sandy's storm surge has been closed by significant deposits of sand.
In recent weeks the Wreck Pond Inlet that was opened by Sandy's storm surge has been closed by significant deposits of sand.
The Pavilion kayak lockers were severely damaged when heavy debris crashed into the Pavilion with Sandy's 12-foot storm surge.
The Pavilion kayak lockers were severely damaged when heavy debris crashed into the Pavilion with Sandy's 12-foot storm surge.

New piling caps have been installed adjacent the Pavilion and picnic area after an inspection showed the old pilings and supports had rotted away.

The Pavilion's destroyed kayak lockers have been excavated and the contents of the lockers is now nothing more than debris.

Carpenters from Wallace Contracting, Pt. Pleasant Beach, N.J., finish installing some of the last wooden stringers before decking begins.

After the piling caps and stringers are in place they are all being anchored down with Simpson Hurricane Straps, considered the best available.

A look south from the Pavilion area as the last of the boardwalk's new stringers are joined to the Pavilion and picnic area.

Sea Girt residents are reminded that the north end of the old Wreck Pond bulkhead on the Sea Girt side is an unstable area and it should be avoided. It has been marked as a dangerous area.

The west side of the old boardwalk from Trenton north to New York has been cleared of sand in preparation for the start of Phase Two boardwalk construction.

The west side cuts were completed by Sea Girt DPW to eliminate the need to pay an outside contractor to remove sand before the start of Phase Two boardwalk construction.

In the last week of March, workers from JCP&L began laying wire for the boardwalk lights.

Sea Girt's beach raking operations resumed before Easter. Additional raking is needed this spring to remove embedded debris in the sand from Super storm Sandy.

Sea Girt is in the process of re-shaping its dunes to lower sight lines and add more slope and width to those that were quickly constructed immediately after Superstorm Sandy.

The process of lowering the dune sight lines while adding slope and width will take they better part of a month as significant work with Sea Girt's bulldozer is involved.

On April 1, 2013, the first Piping Plover was observed on Sea Girt's North Beach. An endangered species, the Piping Plover has been nesting on Sea Girt's North Beach and is protected by State and Federal laws.

The Piping Plover sighted on North Beach, April 1 and April 2, was observed feeding along the beach during high tide cycles.

The Piping Plover seen here on Sea Girt's North Beach on April 2, 2013 was observed to be feeding along the tide line and looking for potential nesting sites near broken shells and natural beach debris.

Because of its small size and coloring, the Piping Plover easily blends in with its surroundings of sand and broken shells.

The Piping Plover on Sea Girt's North Beach was observed feeding along the beach's wrack-line on the afternoon high tide.

Mayor Ken Farrell (left) and Councilman Michael Mulroy (right) of the Beach Committee were at the Pavilion April 10, 2013 when the first Treks of the new boardwalk were being installed.

Workers from Wallace Construction begin staging the location of boardwalk Treks on the new stringers for the installation of decking from Beacon to New York Boulevard.

Steve Wallace, the president of Wallace Contracting, Pt. Pleasant Beach, New Jersey, installs the first Treks for Sea Girt's new boardwalk at the Pavilion on April 10, 2013.

The Muro screw gun holds 180 screws in a drum. The gun is used in tandem with the space bar for proper fit. It takes 28 screws to secure on Trek to the stringer.

To insure a perfect fit where the new Treks were joined to old Treks in the Pavilion area, a carpenter from Wallace Contracting works with a hand planer to make a good connection.

Where new Trek was joined to existing Trek in the Pavilion area, electric radial saws came in very handy for a carpenter from Wallace Contracting.

The first Trek of the new Sea Girt boardwalk was screwed down at 8 am on April 10, 2013 at the Pavilion by a carpenter from Wallace Contracting, Pt. Pleasant Beach, N.J.

The Trek's for Sea Girt's new boardwalk are being secured with Muro screws and screw guns. The Treks are put down using a space bar (red instrument in carpenter's hand) to insure accurate spacing.

The Muro screws being used on Sea Girt's boardwalk are manufactured in Taiwan and then shipped to their facility in Ontario, Canada for delivery to contractors using them on New Jersey boardwalks.

Because so many contractors and municipalities are using Muro screws on their boardwalks there have been shortages and each new delivery is highly anticipated.

Wallace Contracting began securing Sea Girt's new boardwalk Treks on April 10, 2013 and intends from Beacon to New York Boulevard with completion set for mid-May.

Engineers from Sea Girt's engineering firm Leon S. Avakian, Inc. going over plans to begin Phase 2 boardwalk construction New York to Trenton Boulevard starting April 15, 2013.

Engineers from Leon S. Avakian, Inc. and contractors from Epic Group, Inc. review pilings and piling caps for replacement when Sea Girt's Phase 2 boardwalk construction begins April 15, 2013.

Along with current boardwalk construction, residents and visitors to this web site are reminded the NJDEP has constructed fencing around Sea Girt's endangered species area on North Beach.

The endangered species area on Sea Girt's North Beach is clearly marked with signs warning people and people with pets to avoid this area or face hefty fines up to $5,000.

The Sea Girt boardwalk Phase 1, Beacon to New York, is nearing completion as the decking is now almost done to New York Boulevard.

The last four pilings of Sea Girt's Phase 1 boardwalk construction on New York Boulevard were placed on April 11, 2013.

The pilings for Phase 2 of Sea Girt's boardwalk construction were delivered to Trenton Boulevard on April 15. 2013. The pilings came from a mill in Virginia.

Linde-Griffith Construction Co., from Newark, N.J., assembled their piling driver on Trenton Boulevard on April 17, 2013 to begin driving pilings for Phase 2 boardwalk construction.

Linde-Griffith Construction Co., began driving the first pilings for Sea Girt's Phase 2 boardwalk construction on April 17, 2013; starting at Trenton Boulevard and moving north to New York Boulevard.

The piling driver used by Linde-Griffith Construction Co., in Sea Girt was one of the same machines used to drive 3,000 pilings for Belmar's boardwalk reconstruction.

A worker for Linde-Griffith Construction Co. would climb up the piling driver to insure the piling in the driver sleeve was correctly in place for all 108 pilings used.

The pilings used in Phase 2 boardwalk construction were lifted into the piling driver by chain by a crew of workmen. When the piling was correctly in place, the chain was removed and the driving into the sand commenced.

In a pea-soup fog on the Sea Girt beach the last of 108 pilings were driven into the sand near New York Boulevard by Linde-Griffith Construction Co., on April 19, 2013. The entire project took only two and a half days.

The piling driver crew from Linde-Griffith Constructions Co., places the last of 108 pilings for Phase 2 boardwalk reconstruction near New York Boulevard on April 19, 2013.

Sand sifting of the protective berm constructed from the Trenton beach to the Neptune beach in the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy began on April 22, 2013.

Sand sifting from Trenton beach to Neptune beach was expected to take from 10 to 14 days. The sifted sand will be placed as a wind-row in the same area.

The sand sifting operation from Neptune beach to Trenton beach was being conducted by Frank Lurch Demolition, Farmingdale, N.J.

Repairs to the Pavilion's kayak lockers began the week of April 15, 2013 by M&M Construction, Sea Girt, N.J.

Repairs to the Sea Girt Pavilion's kayak lockers were completed by M&M Construction, Sea Girt, N.J. on April 19, 2013.

Along with the Piping Polvers nesting on Sea Girt's North Beach, Oyster Catchers are also now sharing the same beach area.

Sand sifting of the post-Sandy emergency berm between Trenton and Seaside beaches was finished on April 24. 2013.

New boardwalk stairs have been installed at Brooklyn and New York beach entrances as part of Phase 1 boardwalk construction.

Installation of Sea Girt's new boardwalk railings began April 26, 2013.

Epic, Sea Girt's contractor for Phase 2 (Trenton-New York), finished piling caps and began framing the new boardwalk on May 1, 2013.

After finishing the framing of Sea Girt's Phase 2 boardwalk construction, carpenter's from Epic began attaching stringers for the span from Trenton to New York on May 6, 2013.

After moving ahead with Phase 2 boardwalk stringers, Epic's carpenters began screwing down the first Treks for the Phase 2 boardwalk at the Trenton Gazebo on May 9, 3013.

While Phase 2 boardwalk construction moves ahead, Phase 1 construction (Beacon to New York) is in its final stages.

Oblivious to what's going on with boardwalk construction, a Peregrine Falcon has set-up home around Sea Girt's portion of Wreck Pond.

Red foxes have been seen recently in Sea Girt, especially around the Crescent and Carriage Way. This one was spotted at the National Guard Training Center.

Doug, a foreman and master carpenter for Epic, Sea Girt's Phase 2 boardwalk contractor, gets up at 4 AM on weekdays and goes turkey hunting before he arrives in Sea Girt at 6:30 am.

Railing for Sea Girt's Phase 1 boardwalk construction was going up quickly the week of May 6, 2013.

On May 22, 2013, the day Phase 1 of the Sea Girt boardwalk was re-opened to the public, Epic Construction had already completed 3/4 of Phase 2 from Trenton to New York.

By June 4, 2013, using to crews of carpenters, Epic Construction had less than 1/4 of Phase 2 remaining before Sea Girt's entire boardwalk was completed.

Carpenters from Epic Construction working south to north and north to south, on June 4, 2013, near the end of Phase 2 boardwalk reconstruction.

An uncluttered view of Phase 2 of Sea Girt's boardwalk reconstruction, looking north from the Trenton Boulevard gazebo.

On June 4, 2013, Phase 2 of Sea Girt's boardwalk reconstruction was tied into the Trenton Boulevard gazebo.

On June 12, 2013, for the first time since the evening of October 29, 2012, when Super Storm Sandy slammed into the Jersey Shore, Sea Girt once again had a complete boardwalk from the Pavilion to Trenton Boulevard.

On the morning of June 12, 2013, carpenters from Epic Construction screwed down the final Treks ending Phase 2 of Sea Girt's boardwalk reconstruction Trenton Boulevard to New York Boulevard.

With the June 12, 2013, end of actual boardwalk reconstruction, what now follows is the installing of all new railings and lights.