Beach Replenishment Slated to Start Next Week in Harvey Cedars

Operations Will Move to Surf City After Harvey Cedars Is Complete
May 16, 2018

Beachfill contractor Weeks Marine estimates that restoration work will begin in Harvey Cedars sometime next week – May 20-25 – after the remaining pipeline for the project has been laid, and will be ongoing until mid- to late July because of a contract option for more sand in the borough.

Weeks needs a few more days of favorable weather, with very calm sea conditions, to lay the subline, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Public Affairs Officer Steve Rochette said Tuesday.

Additionally, he noted last week, “We awarded a contract option for additional sand quantity for Harvey Cedars so the schedule has been adjusted accordingly. This adds dredging days to the schedule there.

“This is an estimate and can change based on weather, dredging productivity and any mechanical issues associated with the dredging equipment,” he added.

Operations will move to Surf City after the replenishment in Harvey Cedars is complete.

“We realize it’s not ideal,” said Surf City Councilman Peter Hartney, who also serves as chairman of the beach committee, “but we need the sand and the protection. The Army Corps is aware of the inconvenience of it and will try to make it as convenient as possible.”

He pointed out that Harvey Cedars needs more sand than Surf City, as the last March nor’easter caused a natural replenishment in the south end of Surf City.

For Harvey Cedars, the pipe landing will be made at 68th Street; the contractor will first proceed south and then flip and pump north to the border of Loveladies.

In Surf City, the pipe landing will be made at 25th Street, and work will proceed south toward the border of Ship Bottom.

Bergen Avenue in Harvey Cedars is the project staging area.

During the course of the project, beach access will be closed for 1,000 feet at a time north and south of where the work is being conducted, Hartney said.

Updates will be posted on the project website,

Meanwhile, replenishment is well underway in the Brant Beach section of Long Beach Township, and is expected to finish there by the end of May. —J.K.-H. and G.S.

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