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Rehoboth seeks bids for boardwalk repairs

City of Rehoboth Beach


Rehoboth Beach is seeking bids to repair a portion of the boardwalk damaged in a storm last January.


A tide surge during the storm lifted the north end of the boardwalk about a foot, damaging the foundation underneath from Surf Avenue to Grenoble Place. 


“Most people would not recognize it, but if you pay close attention to it you can see this little bit of undulating to it,” Rehoboth Beach Mayor Sam Cooper said. 


The damaged portion of the boardwalk is currently stable and has been open to the public since April, but the underlying structure needs to be repaired, according to Cooper. 


The winning contractor will replace the final 300 feet at the north end of the boardwalk. That includes the removal and replacement of the boardwalk decking, removal and replacement of the ledger boards that have been damaged and replacement of water lines to foot showers.


The city’s engineer has estimated repairs at $200,000 to $400,000 depending on labor costs.


The city is expecting the federal government to pay for a large portion of the repairs since the damage fell within a nationally-recognized disaster zone.


Bids are due December 20. Construction is expected to be finished in April - just in time for beach season.  


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