Beach Replenishment Complete in Harvey Cedars

Oct 10, 2018
File Photo by: Margot Miller

Beachfill contractor Weeks Marine Inc. wrapped up dredging operations in Harvey Cedars earlier this month, meaning replenishment work on all of Long Beach Island is, for now, complete.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had awarded a contract to Weeks to repair and renourish the three sections of the LBI project constructed prior to Superstorm Sandy: Harvey Cedars, Surf City and a section of Brant Beach, in Long Beach Township.

“The contract called for the dredging, pumping and placement of sand as well as dune repairs; crossovers and sand fencing repairs; and dune grass plantings,” the USACE website states. “Beaches were widened in front of the dune system.”

Weeks finished restoration in Brant Beach, from about 31st to 57th streets, at the end of May, and completed the work in Surf City in early August. Operations continued in Harvey Cedars for longer than the borough had hoped, ending on Oct. 2.

“Ideally, construction takes place outside of the summer season, but there is a limited number of dredges capable of completing this type of project,” the Army Corps noted as work in Harvey Cedars was ongoing. “Additionally, weather, mechanical issues and progress on other projects has significantly impacted the schedule for work on Long Beach Island.”

Another contractor, Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Co., concluded initial construction of the Island’s dune and berm system in November 2016. The entire project area then became eligible for Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies funding, which led to the recent work in Harvey Cedars, Surf City and Brant Beach.

The entirety of the LBI project area will continue to be surveyed on a routine basis, in addition to undergoing evaluation following any significant storm events. —J.K.-H.

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