LBI Beach Restoration Slated to Begin in February

Sequence of Work Still To Be Determined
Dec 13, 2017

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers currently estimates that beach replenishment could begin on Long Beach Island in February. Contractor Weeks Marine Inc. must complete a project in Brigantine before moving its equipment to the Island.

“We should have a better idea (of the start date on LBI) once work is ongoing in Brigantine and we have an estimate for the dredging production rate there,” said USACE Public Affairs Officer Steve Rochette.

The contract completion date is April 27 for the Island project, which includes Harvey Cedars, Surf City and from 31st to 57th Street in the Brant Beach section of Long Beach Township.

As Rochette added, “No starting point has been specified yet, but we should have more information on that in January when we have a pre-construction meeting.”

Cranford-based Weeks Marine was the low bidder for the replenishment project – a $34 million base bid and $40 million for base plus contract options – and beat out Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Co., Manson Construction Co. and the Dutra Group.

In November 2016, Great Lakes completed beachfill operations in Holgate, marking the conclusion of initial construction of LBI’s dune and berm system. The entire project area is now eligible for the Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies program. —J.K.-H.

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