By DONALD WITTKOWSKI
Now that the busy summer tourism season is over, Sea Isle City is preparing to undertake a series of construction projects during the quieter, off-season months.
City Council introduced two bond ordinances Tuesday to fund nearly $3 million in road, drainage and other infrastructure projects throughout town.
One ordinance includes $2.8 million in bond financing, while the second is for $980,000.
Council introduced them by a 4-0 vote and will hold a public hearing on both ordinances at its Sept. 28 meeting before giving them final approval.
City Business Administrator George Savastano said the bulk of the work will include road reconstruction and drainage improvements. New water and sewer lines will also be installed in some areas.
According to Savastano, road reconstruction is planned for:
- Pleasure Avenue north of John F. Kennedy Boulevard
- 40th Street
- Kneass Street
- Sounds Avenue
- 75th Street, including reconstruction of the street end and a deteriorating bulkhead on the bay side
- And 89th Street
Separately, utility work consisting of new water and sewer lines is slated for Sounds Avenue between 56th and 60th streets and on 59th Street between Central Avenue and Sounds Avenue, Savastano said.
Although the work will primarily consist of road construction, there will be some improvements to help reduce flooding, he noted.
Savastano explained that some of the road reconstruction and repaving will be done on streets that were torn up earlier for the installation of new water and sewer lines.
“Some of the roads are chopped up,” he said of the uneven pavement now.
Traditionally, the city waits until the start of the quieter off-season months to launch its road and drainage projects to avoid any construction disruptions when the town is crowded with summer vacationers.
“In accordance with our typical practice, during the summer season we try to limit the amount of construction taking place on public property in order to minimize the disruption to our residents and visitors, as for many this time of the year is precious,” the city said in a statement.