Upcoming Beach Replenishment Project Currently Out to Bid

Late Fall or Winter Start Anticipated
Aug 30, 2017

Harvey Cedars, Surf City and a stretch within the Brant Beach section of Long Beach Township are slated for beach restoration anticipated to begin in the late fall or winter, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The project is out to bid now, and the USACE expects to award a contract by the end of September.

Public Affairs Officer Steve Rochette said the Army Corps will have a firmer timeline, and information about the sequence of construction, once the contract is granted. “Typically we leave that up to the contractor to prosecute the work in the most efficient way,” Rochette noted Monday.

“Work is expected to run through the spring time frame,” he added. “The contract completion date will depend on the contract award date and when we issue the notice to proceed.”

Contractor Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Co. completed beachfill operations in Holgate in late November 2016, marking the conclusion of initial construction of LBI’s dune and berm system.

“The entire project area,” Rochette explained earlier this year, “is now eligible for the Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies program. The way this works: After a significant storm event, we conduct a damage assessment and determine whether the project is eligible based on certain criteria. This program is national and funds repairs to projects across the country, so if the project has been approved and if there’s adequate funding available, we would move forward to repair the project or portions of the project.”

Following storms in October 2015 and January 2016, Harvey Cedars, Surf City and the portion of Brant Beach from 31st to 57th streets were deemed eligible for restoration; however, there was not adequate funding in the Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies program at the time.

The Corps then received notice this past winter that supplemental federal appropriations were available to apply to several rehabilitation projects throughout the country, including these three sections of Long Beach Island.

Meanwhile, the entirety of the project will continue to be evaluated on a routine, as well as post-storm, basis. —J.K.-H.

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