OCEAN CITY, Md. – The next time you see the Ocean City boardwalk it may look a little different.
The decking is being redone after 10 years in the beach town. You may have seen the project between 15th street up to the fishing pier. In the process, surface amenities like trashcans, bike racks, and benches have been moved. The City Engineer, Paul Mauser says it’s a project that needs to be done because of the salty air, coastal flooding, and millions of visitors a year.
Now the second phase is underway. “This is a large-scale project, over a 2 million dollar project and it involves over 80 thousand deck boards. Those deck boards are 2 by 6, southern yellow pine, press treated lumber, we’re fastening that to the substructure with over 1 million nails,” says Paul Mauser, City Engineer for the Town of Ocean City.
The City Engineer credits the town staff for being diligent in tracking the price of lumber. With inflation there was a spike in cost, however, the town worked together to make sure they stayed within their budget.
The deck is set to be completed in April 2023.