Dredges Resume LBI Beachfill After Pause for Hermine
Beach replenishment repair operations are set to resume Wednesday or Thursday of this week after contractor Great Lakes Dock and Dredge Co.’s dredges return from safe harbor near Sandy Hook, where they were docked while post-tropical cyclone Hermine passed by offshore.
The dredges Dodge Island and Padre Island will first complete work between 29th and 31st streets in the Beach Haven Gardens section of Long Beach Township, said U.S. Army Corps of Engineers press officer Steve Rochette. Great Lakes will then fill the section of the municipality from Selfridge Avenue in Brant Beach to Nebraska Avenue in Beach Haven Park. The larger dredge Liberty Island will pump in this area as well.
Beachfill is thereafter scheduled for Ship Bottom, with work originally slated to begin in late September or early October. The timeline could change as the Army Corps assesses the storm’s impact on the project areas and the work schedule.
Though the current and upcoming project areas were filled previously, beginning in May 2015, it was determined that these beaches required additional sand due to erosion last fall and winter. “The October (2015) and January storms eroded significant amounts of sand in areas that are part of our current contract,” the Army Corps explained. “We then received approval to pump additional sand to bring those areas back to the full design beach template.
“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.”
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