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Absecon Island Construction Status Updates

Beachfill Status

  • Beachfill operations were completed in May 1, 2018. Additional dune grass planting will take place after the first frost in the winter of 2018. 

Margate Storm Water Management/Drainage Background

  • Factsheet on Margate Stormwater Management System
  • After a severe rainfall at the end of July 2017 brought about excessive and persistent ponding behind the newly constructed portion of the dune system, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) took both temporary and long-term actions to address Margate’s stormwater management.
  • Temporary measures— including sump basins, temporary outfall pipes, and automated pumps — were installed and are all in place. They will remain until the permanent stormwater management system is constructed.
  • USACE worked with the City of Margate and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to design a permanent stormwater management system. The system will collect rainfall runoff from the ocean block area between Fredericksburg Avenue and Vendome Avenue. It features collection inlets near each street-end bulkhead, tied together with a lateral manifold system carrying the stormwater to the ocean through five outfall pipes. This type of system is commonplace among New Jersey oceanfront communities and was fully coordinated with the city and the state. Margate currently has one existing ocean outfall located at Monroe Avenue, which drains the southern portion of their municipality from Cedar Grove to Coolidge Avenue.

Location of work

  • The system will be constructed in stages starting in the south with the Vendome Avenue area moving north completing at Fredericksburg Avenue.
  • Citizens can expect to see crews from Margate’s contractor working at each street end for a few days from Vendome Ave. towards Fredricksburg Ave.
  • Citizens can expect to see multiple crews from Walters Marine Construction Inc. working on the seaward side of the bulkheads working from south to the north.
  • The five ocean outfall pipes will be located at Vendome, Nassau, Kenyon, Franklin and Douglas Avenues. Each outfall is oriented perpendicular to the shoreline and conveys stormwater to the ocean. They will be buried beneath the dune and beach, daylighting near the shoreline (location will vary based on condition of the beach).
  • The lateral manifold system that conveys stormwater to the five outfall pipes will be located parallel to the shoreline along the bulkhead area (beach side). This system will also be buried beneath the sand.

Timeline for construction

  • Construction on the Vendome Avenue ocean outfall pipe began in February and completed in April 2018. The second outfall at Nassau was completed in June 2018. USACE and its contractor halted construction of the remaining elements of the storm water management system during the summer of 2018. Construction of the remaining 3 outfalls will begin after Labor Day 2018. We expect the entire system to be completed in the spring of 2019. The only work in Margate during the summer of 2018 is the operation of the pumps as part of the temporary drainage measures.

 

The five ocean outfall pipes will be located at Vendome, Nassau, Kenyon, Franklin and Douglas Avenues. Each outfall is oriented perpendicular to the shoreline and conveys stormwater to the ocean. They will be buried beneath the dune and beach, daylighting near the shoreline (location will vary based on condition of the beach).

Previous Statements

Absecon Island Project Background

Project Purpose

The Absecon Island project is designed to reduce storm damages to homes and infrastructure from the waves, high tides and storm surges associated with these events. The communities along the New Jersey shoreline have suffered significant storm damages from nor’easters and hurricanes and are at risk to suffer further damages from coastal storms. 

Project Authority

Construction of the Brigantine Inlet to Great Egg Harbor Inlet, Absecon Island New Jersey Storm Damage Reduction Project, is authorized by the Water Resources Development Act of 1996. A Project Cooperation Agreement to construct the project was signed July 2003 with New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

Previously Completed Work on Absecon Island

In 2004, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Philadelphia District and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection completed initial construction at Atlantic City and Ventnor City. Periodic nourishment is scheduled for a 3 year cycle. The first full-scale renourishment of the project was completed in the summer of 2012 prior to Hurricane Sandy. 

Additionally, in 2009, severe nor’easter events damaged portions of the constructed project. In June 2011, with funds from the Flood Control & Coastal Emergency, (FCCE), program, the Philadelphia District completed an emergency repair of the Atlantic City and Ventnor City beaches to the prestorm conditions. Following Hurricane Sandy, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers received funding and approval to complete a full restoration of the project to its initial design level. Work was completed in 2013. 

Year
Amount of Sand (cubic yards)
2004 (Initial Construction)
7,000,000
2011 (FCCE)
1,100,000
2012 (Periodic Nourishment)
1,325,000 
2013 (FCCE - Hurricane Sandy)
1,300,000 

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