BELMAR, NJ – In response to a recent article in the Asbury Park Press regarding a change order for construction of the Belmar Boardwalk, the Borough’s Engineer, Birdsall Services Group has provided the following clarifying statement:

“In response to the APP article, BSG would like to state that the original boardwalk bid included the correct amount, 215,000 sq ft,  of  boardwalk.  This square footage was based upon the existing aerials and plans of the old boardwalk.

In an effort to bid the project immediately to take advantage of pricing, help ensure that materials would be available and to complete the boardwalk prior to the 2013 summer season, the plans included in the  bid set provided for a 25’ typical section for the bidders use.  In some sections the boardwalk will actually be wider and in other sections narrower. The 25’ was used for as a typical section for bidding purposes. We anticipated that there would be change orders in a job of this type and size. The overall bid was based upon a total area of 215,000 square feet which remains unchanged. 

Subsequent to the completion of the plan, and bid set, a landscape architect was brought into the project to develop the final deck layout  for the boardwalk.   To construct the final deck layout additional materials for the substructure including timber stringers, piles, hurricane straps, nails and screws were required for the entire 215,000 square feet of the project to accommodate the final pattern design and Trex material.    

The original bid also included perpendicular ramps down from the boardwalk to the beach.  Ramps were designed to be ADA accessible.  However once more detailed information became available as to the amount of sand lost in the storm,  it was determined that these ramps would need to extend further onto the beach than originally anticipated to meet the ADA requirements.  A change was made to develop stairs and a switchback ramp at the boardwalk street ends to keep the ramp closer to the boardwalk, while still complying with the ADA requirements.  This also required additional piles, lumber and decking.  In conclusion, the quantities stated in the original bid specifications were correct. Changes to the pattern and the materials used led to the change orders which were anticipated when these changes were made.”


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Allan Dean is editor, publisher, and founder of the Atlantic Highlands Herald. Published since 1999 and selected in 2000 by the Borough of Atlantic Highlands as one of their official newspapers, making...