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Atlantic City Announces Infrastructure Improvements

Atlantic City Announces Infrastructure Improvements!  While Atlantic City’s casino’s may be fighting to stay competitive, which has some residents concerned over the future of the southern New Jersey hotspot, the local and state government have been investing an endless supply of capital into the city’s infrastructure. According to the Associated General Contractors of America’s (AGC of America) New Jersey branch Atlantic City will receive over $60 million in infrastructure improvements designed to protect the cities roads, buildings and walkways from flooding. The investment was announced by the city’s Planning Director Elizabeth Terenik on the 25th of July and should provide local contractors with plenty of employment opportunities over the next few months.

After laying out the details of the project at a monthly public forum at the Atlantic City Free Public Library Terenik seemed ecstatic about the news.

“It’s great news, because investing in infrastructure is necessary for any economic growth we experience,” the director said in a statement to Press of Atlantic City.

Projects Announced

Listed below are a few of the projects announced by the AGC of America from the largest investment to the smallest.

  • $50 million to reinforce the seawall and boardwalk from Rhode Island Avenue to Gardner’s Basin
  • $6.3 million to restore the Baltic Avenue Canal which currently runs underground from Rhode Island Avenue to Georgia Avenue
  • $4.8 million will be invested in a flood mitigation project at the Sunset Avenue Bulkhead
  • $1.7 million in boardwalk improvements by the Public Works Department
  • $1.1 million to pave Maryland Avenue from Brigantine Blvd. to Pacific Avenue
  • $1 million to pave Arctic Avenue from Indiana Ave to Delaware Ave
  • $964,000 to pave Pacific Avenue
  • $450,000 for a flood mitigation project at Massachusetts Avenue
  • $289,000 to pave Marmora Avenue from Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd to Pacific Ave
  • $276,200 to pave Pacific Avenue
  • $200,000 stabilization project of the waterfront at South Boulevard (Chelsea Heights)
  • $200,000 in repairs to the Flood Texas Avenue Bulkhead

Other projects were listed, but we were unable to get investment numbers for those projects. Be sure to keep your eyes on the developments in Atlantic City as there should be plenty of employment opportunities over the next few months.

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Atlantic City Airport to Receive Vital Improvements from FAA

The money just keeps flowing down to Atlantic City this month as another transportation project has been approved for America’s Favorite Playground. But, this time the improvements aren’t coming on the boardwalk or in the form of improved roadways and casinos. This time it’s coming to the city effort in an effort to drive more traffic to southern New Jersey. The $1.8 million dollar renovation will assist in taxiway rehabilitation as well as a few reconstruction projects at Atlantic City International Airport (ACY). There’s just one more thing. The funding isn’t coming from the state or local governments, it’s not even coming from the South Jersey Transportation Authority. It’s coming from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Why is the FAA Investing in ACY?

While the South Jersey Transportation Authority (SJTA) does have some say over the direction of the airport it is not the primary owner of land at the airport. The FAA controls most of it after the city sold 4,312 acres of the airport to the federal government. The FAA will continue to control the airport grounds until it no longer has a use for it in which case, ownership will revert back to the SJTA.

Since the FAA owns a majority of the airport it was only a matter of time before it was included under the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program (AIP). The AIP, according to the FAA website, provides grants to public agencies for the planning and development of public-use airports that are included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS). NPIAS airports are those deemed by the government as those airports that act as critical hubs for travel around the nation. So, though the SJTA owns the airport the FAA owns the land and has a vested interest in making sure ACY is running both efficiently and safely.

A Hub Long Neglected

When the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (the organization that oversees the operations at the airport) announced their 10-year, $27.6 billion capital plan the Atlantic City International Airport was surprisingly omitted. No funding would have been a major setback not only for the airport but also the region of Southern New Jersey that relies on the airport as a major transportation hub. When the FAA announced that the airport would be receiving vital improvements local politicians and SJTA officials were overjoyed.

“We are pleased to learn of the award. These investments help the airport maintain its state of excellence,” stated SJTA interim executive director Frank Frankowski.

Hopefully, with some further FAA investment and some help from local and federal contractors the airport can continue to be a major transportation hub and economic asset for the region. Atlantic City could use it.

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Construction Industry in State of Decline in New Jersey

Over our past few blog posts we’ve talked about how the construction industry is seemingly on the rise, how contractors are shaping the world of tomorrow and where you may fit into that overall picture. Unfortunately, we have some bad news. Two years ago, New Jersey was hit hard by Superstorm Sandy, a storm that claimed the lives of 34 people living in the state, destroyed homes and disrupted life as we know it for countless numbers of people residing in New Jersey. Contractors were quick to lend a hand as opportunities to rebuild were fairly abundant as the Federal Government and the state sought to return everyone to some semblance of normalcy. But, the industry that had grown so much and restored so much hope has finally experienced a state of decline which gives rise to the question; what will New Jersey contractors do as opportunities for employment dry up within the state?

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Fenimore Landfill Braces for Uncertain Future

In real estate they always talk about location, location, location. People want sweeping vistas, that oceanfront view and if you’re really adventurous that property in Alaska complete with the outhouse and grizzly bears. Point is picking a place to live can be a dangerous ordeal. With those vista’s you have to worry about falling, oceanfront allows for the possibility of flooding or drowning and grizzly bears, well those are pretty much self-explanatory. Some dangers are a little less pronounced. Dangers like living next to a formerly closed dump, which has been the cause of health problems and headaches for residents of Roxbury Township in New Jersey.

Three years ago, the Fenimore landfill on Mooney Mountain was re-opened much to the chagrin of those living nearby. Spanning over 18 acres the dump covers four underground streams, spews toxic fumes and is filled with hazardous materials. The state of New Jersey and the state Department of Environmental Protection understand that the region is under threat from the landfill but residents feel as though the state is trying to fix a major wound with a Band-Aid.

The state wants to just cap the area with a large, plastic lining and then put clean fill on top of that. Such a cap would make the landfill more aesthetically pleasing but it does not address the more serious situation that lies under the ground.

“I was on site yesterday,” said Township Manager Christopher Raths, “They (the DEP) have put up a center connection piece for piping, and that took the oxidizer and the scrubber down for two hours.”

Noxious fumes aren’t the only thing residents will have to worry about as gypsum, wallboard and other hazardous materials have the potential to further affect the troubled region. The state estimates that it will take close to $40 million and that it would take up to five years to remove all of the material. A costly endeavor for the state but residents aren’t too certain as they believe it will take a little over a year and closer to 12 million dollars. Why the difference in estimates? Residents like Bill Morrocco believe the state may have another agenda.

“He has been telling state senators that they (the DEP) are bettering our community. They have an agenda, and they don’t want anybody sticking their noses in their business. With a plastic liner, you can’t put a park on top. It’s prohibitive.”

By doing the bare minimum the state is jeopardizing both the community and the environment. If the state did follow through on plans to actually improve the region it would create jobs for contractors who could help restore the region by clearing away the hazardous materials and by building on top of the clean fill.

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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Threatens Pequannock Daycare

On Monday, May 5th, of this year, it was business as usual for the families of the historic town of Pequannock, New Jersey. Parents got up, prepared for work, dressed their children, dropped them off at the local childcare center, and clocked into their day jobs. Little did they know, that in a few hours, they would get a phone call that every parent dreads; the one where you find out your child may be in danger.

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