Beach Replenishment Wraps Up in Loveladies, Continues in a Southern Section of Long Beach Township
Replenishment repair work on previously restored beaches in a southern stretch of Long Beach Township is underway, while operations in the township’s northern Loveladies section were scheduled to finish on Tuesday night. Earlier that day, contractor Great Lakes Dock and Dredge Co.’s Liberty Island dredge was on the job near Kentucky Avenue in Beach Haven Park, while the dredges Dodge Island and Padre Island worked to complete the last segment of Loveladies.
Along with just-completed construction in North Beach, also part of the township, and a few streets in Surf City and Harvey Cedars, the work in Loveladies is the final component of the most recent storm damage reduction project contract. (Dune grass, fencing and crossovers will be added later.)
It was, however, determined that Ship Bottom and parts of Long Beach Township required additional sand due to erosion in these areas last fall and winter.
For the re-pump, Great Lakes is first filling from Nebraska Avenue in Beach Haven Park to the border of Beach Haven, followed by the stretch from Selfridge Avenue in Brant Beach to Nebraska Avenue, and will then move to Ship Bottom. Operations in Ship Bottom are slated to begin in approximately late September or early October.
Some community members have questioned the necessity of the beachfill redo, particularly in Ship Bottom, where the beaches are wide.
In response to that concern, federal project sponsor the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers offered this statement: “The October and January storms eroded significant amounts of sand in areas that are part of our current contract. We then received approval to pump additional sand to bring those areas back to the full design beach template. While some of that sand has returned during the summer season, there is still sand required to bring the three areas back to full template. Therefore, we are moving forward and will complete the project.
“This additional sand will further help to reduce the risk of storm damages and improve the condition of the adjacent beaches within the whole system in the long run.”
As USACE Public Affairs Officer Steve Rochette explained last week, “We will construct to the initial dune and berm template. For most of the areas, that will involve rebuilding portions of the berm, although there was some dune damage in Areas 4 and 5 (the Long Beach Township sections) so that will be repaired.”
For project updates, visit nap.usace.army.mil. —J.K.-H.