hard by the causeway

HolyUnicorn

Senior Member
Mandarin / the Shanghai Dialect
Hello,

3:00 P.M. First in at Island Seafood at the north end of the island, hard by the causeway. Women pickers have gone home for the day.

William Warner, Beautiful Swimmers: Waterman, Crabs and the Chesapeake Bay

How can I interpret “hard by the causeway”?
 
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