OCEAN CITY SETS CAPITOL PLAN FOR UPCOMING PROJECTS

At last Thursday’s Council Meeting, action was taken to approve the 2010-2011 Capital Plan which accelerates the construction of a number of projects throughout Ocean City.  Council decided to pass the Capital Plan early in the year so that projects could be designed and bid out this summer to provide for construction starting in September 2010.

The Plan includes construction for Phase II of the tide flex valve improvements along the bay area.  These valves are designed to reduce the impact of tidal flooding.  $1.6 M was budgeted for paving of various City streets, including ten alleys.  Road and alleys throughout the City have been recently rated and these ratings guide the selection of streets and alleys for paving.

The plan also includes $300,000 for the dredging for four lagoons:  Sunny Harbor, South Harbor, Venetian Bayou and Carnival Bayou.  It is the City’s intent to try to have these lagoons dredged at the same time that the Army Corp is dredging the Intercoastal waterway.

The Plan includes $110,000 for testing of a new technology for beach replenishment.  Pressure Equalizing Modules are to be tested in a small section of the beach in order to monitor their viability.

A traffic signal will be installed at the intersection of 14th Street and Central Avenue.  The Plan also provides funding for the replacement of the dehumidification unit for the Aquatic & Fitness Center.  The replacement of two bulkheads along Tennessee Avenue are also included.

Finally, the Plan includes Phase I of the improvements to the Ocean City Music Pier.  The north side deck will be repaired and the remaining concrete decks will be repaired in future years.

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