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Final planks of the brand new $6 million boardwalk in Ocean City have been nailed into place with more than a month to spare before the summer season.
It took three years, and more than a 116,000 pieces of wood, but the full makeover of the city's iconic 2-mile wooden walkway is finally complete.
"We worked through the rainstorms, the snowstorms, we have not stopped," says Jim Rehak, who says he and his construction crew were there every step of the way.
The last time the boardwalk was completely reconstructed in Ocean City, Hurricane Gloria had torn it to shreds in 1985. But this time around, city officials had a different problem — the boardwalk was suffering from old age.
So Rehak's crews tackled the job in four-block sections, simultaneously tearing up the old boards, then laying concrete and wooden supports, and then finally adding the decking.
Of course, there were a few hurdles along the way. Most notably Hurricane Sandy, which forced construction crews to rebuild a few small sections that they had already completed after the super storm whipped through last November. But now, with more than a month to spare before the summer season, the city's number one attraction is looking better than ever.