Army Corps to Begin Restoring Beaches in Surf City, Harvey Cedars and Brant Beach Later This Month

May 15, 2013
Photo by: Jack Reynolds

 

Later this month, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Philadelphia District and its contractor will begin restoring the beaches on Long Beach Island previously constructed as part of the Coastal Storm Damage Reduction project – namely, Surf City, Harvey Cedars and a mile stretch of the Brant Beach section of Long Beach Township.

The entire project is scheduled to be complete by the end of October 2013.

According to Corps public affairs specialist Steve Rochette, work is currently scheduled to start prior to the end of May, with construction beginning in Harvey Cedars and Brant Beach, and then moving on to Surf City. “Construction is expected to last approximately 120 days once begun in Harvey Cedars, 100 days in Brant Beach and then 60 days in Surf City after the completion of work in Harvey Cedars.”

Long Beach Township Mayor Joseph Mancini does not expect the project will be overly intrusive to beachgoers. “In the job specs, the Army Corps says they will only close a couple blocks of beach at a time” during the project. And if need be, Long Beach Township will provide a bus between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. for any individuals who desire transport to a different section of beach.

Rochette confirmed that the contractor will likely close just two- to three-block sections of beach as work progresses.

The Army Corps awarded a $30.6 million contract to Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co. for the work, which involves placing approximately three million cubic yards of sand to rebuild the engineered beaches, as well as the replacement of dune crossovers and fencing, and the replanting of dune grass.

“Our goal is to have as much of the project repaired and restored prior to this year’s hurricane season and all of the project restored prior to the onset of dangerous fall nor’easters,” said Corps Philadelphia District Project Manager Keith Watson.

The Corps will begin posting construction schedule updates and closure maps on its website, nap.usace.army.mil/lbi, in the next week.

As Rochette explained, “Work on Long Beach Island is part of a larger effort to restore projects damaged by Hurricane Sandy. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ New York and Philadelphia Districts are placing approximately 16 million cubic yards of sand to restore beaches in New Jersey.

“The Army Corps of Engineers is carrying out this near-term coastal restoration work through two statutory authorities, one previously existing and one that is new since Hurricane Sandy through the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013 … These authorities allow USACE to repair and restore previously constructed coastal storm risk reduction projects impacted by Hurricane Sandy.”

Mancini believes the Corps and its contractor will be “pretty aggressive” in its work ethic, and that the project could wrap up even earlier than October.

— Juliet Kaszas-Hoch

julietkaszas-hoch@thesandpaper.net

 

 

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