Dock Road Project Irks Maritime Museum Founder

May 02, 2018

This month, Dock Road in Beach Haven is undergoing complete reconstruction, and the founder/president of the New Jersey Maritime Museum is not pleased. On her Facebook page, Deborah C. Whitcraft said she and other affected property owners found a letter stuck to their front doors noting that the project would begin “on or about May 2.” The notice was sent by the project contractor, Swift and Son in Lacey Township.

The letter said the work is expected to be completed by Wednesday, May 30. For the project’s duration, cars cannot be parked on the roadway from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Any vehicles found parked will be towed.

“If you will need to use your vehicle to go somewhere during those hours, move the car to the nearest road before 7 a.m.,” the letter instructs.

Borough Manager Sherry Mason said the roadway will get a complete overhaul, including new surface and drainage system. She said the project will cost $296,942 with $275,000 reimbursed from the state Department of Transportation

“The inconvenience is temporary while the results will be long lasting,” the notice concluded.

“To have Dock Road closed the entire month of May (or possibly, probably, longer) at the start of the season is outrageous,” Whitcraft posted. “With people coming to the Black Whale (Fish House), Parker’s (Garage and Oyster Saloon), the Ketch or the Maritime Museum, they have to find an alternate route, as well as alternate parking. Did Borough Council think this was a good idea for the maritime district’s businesses?”

Interviewed later, Whitcraft said a sign recently posted on Dock Road announcing the project said it would be done by Sunday, May 20.

“Which is it, May 20 or 30?” she said. “You have to consider the possibility of the project undergoing delays due to bad weather, which could push the project into June. It’s a very short season for businesses, and this could really have an impact.”

Mason said the project conclusion date is Friday, May 25, and noted preparation work began at the site on April 25.

William Burris, a partner with the Parker’s and Black Whale establishments, said that while there would be inconveniences, “I think our customers will manage to find a way to get around.”

“That road is full of potholes, and it needed a lot of work,” said Burris. “It’s going to look real good when it’s done. It will be part of the exciting things happening in the maritime district.”

— Eric Englund

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