Boardwalk renovation planned

By: Linda Shepard | Rochester Post | Published September 18, 2018

 A pathway boardwalk will be repaired and restored on Adams Road this fall.

A pathway boardwalk will be repaired and restored on Adams Road this fall.

Photo by Linda Shepard

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OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Township officials plan to renovate the boardwalk pathway along the west side of Adams Road, south of Silverbell Road, this fall.

“Everyone is well-aware that the boardwalk has been in poor shape for some time,” said Libby Dwyer, chair of the Oakland Township Safety Paths and Trails Committee. “Structurally, it is in good shape, but we are removing all the side rails and vertical posts. It will look like new or darn close to it.”

The 430-foot boardwalk will see the removal and replacement of cracked, warped or rotted deck boards; new posts; and more. Nearby trees and brush with up to 6-inch-diameter branches located within 2 feet of the boardwalk will be cleared.

Three deck boards will be removed and replaced at each post location, totaling 260 boards, and the boardwalk will be power-washed and sealed along its entire surface. Plans include not disturbing wetlands located beneath the boardwalk.

The boardwalk is located between Oakland Christian Church and the new Veterans Tribute on Adams Road, which was dedicated July 31.  

“It was disappointing that it didn’t work out to get (the boardwalk renovation) done in time for the tribute dedication, but now is better than never,” Dwyer said.

The original plan involved the installation of a concrete approach on either side of the boardwalk, but that plan has been delayed until after an intersection crossing improvement at Silverbell and Adams is underway, Dwyer said.

“We’d rather combine that work and get a little break on the price,” she said.

By a unanimous vote Sept. 11, the Oakland Township Board of Trustees approved costs not to exceed $80,000 for the boardwalk renovation by L. J. Construction, paid for with budgeted funds.  

“The repairs approach that you are taking could extend the (boardwalk) life to 20 years and is an important element,” Trustee Frank Ferriolo said.

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