Wildwood wants new boardwalk paid for by NJ

Wildwood Boardwalk.
Photo credit David Madden/KYW Newsradio
By KYW Newsradio 1060
WILDWOOD, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — Wildwood, looking to completely rebuild its iconic boardwalk, is trying to get New Jersey to pay for it.

Mayor Ernie Troiano is looking at putting in new concrete underpinnings, wooden slats, even utility hookups from the North Wildwood junction at 26th Street to the southern end at Cresse Avenue.

“That’s a 1926 vintage boardwalk that has pretty much cycled itself out,” Troiano told KYW Newsradio. “We’ve probably replaced the boardwalk 20 times over through maintenance issues. But the concrete structure is starting to show its age and it needs to be replaced."

Troiano figures it’ll cost more than $60 million, and he wants state funds to foot the bill, given the boardwalk’s value to the tourist trade.

“All we’re asking is that may we retain some of those tax dollars to offset the expense of rebuilding the boardwalk,” he added, “because it is a tremendous generator of revenue, not only for the Wildwoods, but for the state." 

Assuming Troiano gets that money, he promises all work will be done away from the summer season, and will take two years or so to complete.