Mayor Small announces $26M in Atlantic City Boardwalk repairs

Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small Sr. announced during a news conference Tuesday that the $20 million awarded to the city as part of New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy’s $100 million Boardwalk Preservation Fund will be used to improve the Atlantic City Boardwalk from New Jersey to Tennessee avenues.

Atlantic City is receiving the largest grant in the state under this fund, along with Asbury Park.

The work is anticipated to be completed by the end of 2026.

This announcement came as the start of a $6 million Boardwalk reconstruction project from Bellevue Avenue to Columbia Place got underway this week. Utilizing the grant money awarded to the city from the U.S. Economic Development Administration, the city is replacing this particular section of the Boardwalk, which is over 100 years old. In addition, as part of this project, new concrete ramps will be installed at Texas Avenue and Mississippi Avenue. These ramps will be fortified to handle vehicles for larger-scale events.

“We are extremely excited to announce the rebuilding of the greatest Boardwalk in the world in the great city of Atlantic City,” Small said. “We’re grateful for these contributions from our federal and state partners. This is another example of the Small administration bettering Atlantic City without using taxpayer money, while addressing the structural needs conducive to a stronger and safer Boardwalk.”

“Millions of dollars of other people’s money have been spent so far to rebuild the Atlantic City Boardwalk thanks, in large part, to strong relationships,” Atlantic City grant consultant Jim Rutala said. “It takes a lot of money for a rehabilitation project like this, and it takes a lot of commitment from many different city departments to reach the success we’ve achieved to this point.”

Construction has begun on Bellevue Avenue and will continue to Florida Avenue this spring. The contractor will then remobilize after the busy summer season, and continue from Florida Avenue to Columbia Place, with plans to extend improvements to Arkansas Avenue. This section of the Boardwalk is anticipated to be completed by the end of 2024. The project was designed by Czar Engineering. The Boardwalk contractor is Weatherby Construction, and the Texas Avenue ramp is being built by Feriozzi Concrete Co.