U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-Long Branch) announced Wednesday the Asbury Park boardwalk has received a $3.6 million federal grant for Sandy-related repairs, almost a year after the hurricane devastated the seaside city.
The grant comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and will cover 90 percent of the project cost. Pallone estimates Sandy damaged 66,000 square feet of the city's boardwalk.
After the storm hit, the city scrapped some areas of the boardwalk and temporarily repaired others until a permanent fix was made available. Monmouth County-based GCS Contractors Corp. was awarded a contract to rebuild 24,000 square feet on the boardwalk.
Wednesday's grant will cover the costs of repairs for the remaining 42,000 square feet of boardwalk, which include the replacement and removal of roughly 210 tons of damaged decking.
"I believe the best way to mark the anniversary of superstorm Sandy is by marking New Jersey's resilience and efforts to rebuild, and this grant for the historic Asbury Park boardwalk does just that," Pallone said in a statement.
Also covered under the grant will be the construction of two new beach access points equipped with ramps and stairs, as well as new conduits, an electrical cabinet, 620 feet of steel railing and nine new streetlights.