The work of driving boardwalk pilings 20 plus feet into the ground with giant construction equipment is noisy and starts at 7 a.m. each day, said Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty.
The 7 a.m. start time might inconvenience Ocean Avenue residents, but it's necessary, said the mayor. He issued a statement of apology for the noise but promised the work would continue at that hour until the boardwalk is rebuilt.
"Construction is allowed to start at 7am Mon-Fri. I am sorry for the inconvenience, but it is necessary," said the mayor from his twitter account, responding to comments that the start time seemed early for residential areas.
The piling work began Jan. 9, with a visit from Gov. Chris Christie to help drive the first pilings along the beachfront. Destroyed from Hurricane Sandy, the boardwalk has a planned Memorial Day reopening.
Piling work is more than 20 percent complete, Doherty said.
A contract for the total construction has a bonus built in if Epic Construction has the work complete before April 30, and the company would be fined daily if late.
Belmar is aggressively using the time left before April 30 to rebuild the boardwalk, even diverting its original choice of wood (ipe rainforest timber) after a possible legal battle with the Sierra Club over the ipe wood could have stalled the project.
In this reader-submitted video attached to this article, construction crews work on the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday to add more pilings to the boardwalk. The video is a time lapse showing 7 to 8:30 a.m. Jan. 21.