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RVE design for Baltic Avenue drainage canal completed

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(Photo: The Press of Atlantic City)

RVE provided design and construction services for improvements to the Baltic Avenue drainage canal at Atlantis Avenue and Fisherman’s Park in Atlantic City.

Services included:

  • Geotechnical design
  • Structural design
  • Civil/mechanical design
  • Electrical design
  • Field survey
  • Bid procurement
  • Construction management

The existing drainage canal is 1.8 miles long and runs under Baltic Avenue from Georgia Avenue to Rhode Island Avenue. The canal has a capacity of 1.1 million cubic feet – you could fit 500 jitneys end-to-end inside! Approximately 775 acres of Atlantic City ultimately drains into the canal, which is the equivalent of 590 football fields. The original canal was constructed from March 1911 to August 1912 for a cost of $840,000 ($20 million today). There are two outlets into the bay, one at Atlantis Avenue, and one at Fisherman’s Park. The original flood gates at both ends stopped functioning decades ago, causing stormwater and high tides to back up into the streets. The system designed by RVE includes new flood gates at both ends of the canal, and a new pump station at Fisherman’s Park to increase drainage flow during flood conditions. The pumps are capable of discharging over 58,000 gallons per minute.

The total construction cost for Atlantis Avenue and Fisherman’s Park was $6.2 million, and was entirely funded with outside grants. The City has secured additional grant funding to construct a stormwater pump station at the Atlantis Avenue site. That pump station – which will be three times the size of the pump station at Fisherman’s Park – is currently being designed by RVE.

Learn more about RVE’s latest project here.