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Long Beach Island Project Status

Overview

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded a contract to Weeks Marine to repair and renourish the three sections of the project that were constructed prior to Hurricane Sandy: Harvey Cedars, Surf City and a section of Brant Beach in Long Beach Township. The contract calls for the dredging, pumping and placement of sand as well as dune repairs; crossovers and sand fencing repairs; and dune grass plantings. Beaches will be constructed from 100 feet to 300 feet wide in front of the dune system. 

USACE's contractor Weeks Marine Inc. will be using multiple dredges to complete the beachfill contract. The Hopper Dredge Magdalen is being used to complete construction at Brant Beach while the pipeline dredge RS Weeks (and a booster pump) is being used for construction in Harvey Cedars and Surf City. Hopper dredges function like a ship as they transit back and forth between a sand borrow site and pump out buoy near the shoreline. Cutterhead pipeline dredges function more like a stationary barge and continuously pump sand from a sand borrow site through pipeline and onto the beach. 

Ideally, construction takes place outside of the summer season, but there is a limited number of dredges capable of completing this type of project. Additionally, weather, mechanical issues and progress on other projects has significantly impacted the schedule for work on Long Beach Island. During construction, communities can expect the construction crews to close no more than 1000 feet of beach as work progresses along the island (closed sections are "rolling" and advance as the beachfill progresses along the island).

Current beachfill status 

  • Location: Harvey Cedars
  • Date: 8/17/2018
  • Beach access closures: Path created around the exclusion zone for the private beach access. 
  • Additional info:  The Hopper Dredge Magdalen went to NY Harbor for refueling and will return on Monday 8/20/2018

Dredging Equipment

Community

Estimated Start

Estimated Completion

Pipe Landing Info

Hopper Dredge Magdalen

Brant Beach

 

Beachfill operations were completed on May 30th. 

Pipe landing at 42nd Street (work south first, then flip and pump north toward Ship Bottom)

 Surf City
Beachfill operations were completed on 8/6/2018. All equipment expected to be demobilized by Aug. 17, 2018.  Pipe landing at 11th Street (work north first, then flip and pump south toward Ship Bottom)

Pipeline Dredge R.S. Weeks and Dredge Magdalen

Harvey Cedars

Work ongoing

Mid September

Pipe landing at 68th Street (work south first, then flip and pump north to Loveladies border)

 **Note - the schedule is an estimate. Construction could begin sooner or later than the dates listed below based on weather, equipment issues and overall progress. Demobilization and removal of equipment may take another 1-2 weeks.

Long Beach Island Coastal Storm Damage Reduction

Project Background

Long Beach Island is an 18-mile barrier island in southern Ocean County, New Jersey. The area regularly suffers damages from coastal storms, hurricanes and nor'easters. The Barnegat Inlet to Little Egg Inlet Coastal Storm Risk Management project, also known as the Long Beach Island beachfill or beach nourishment program, is designed to reduce erosion and property damages associated with these events. It is a joint effort of the Army Corps and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. 

A Feasibility Report Completed in September of 1999 recommended beachfill with periodic nourishment to reduce potential hurricane and storm damages for the island. The project involves the construction of a dune with a top elevation 22 feet above sea level with a 300-400 foot wide berm, depending on the location of the beach on the island, at an elevation of 8 feet above sea level.

The Long Beach Island Coastal Storm Damage Reduction project was only partially completed when Hurricane Sandy hit the New Jersey shore. The Army Corps completed the initial construction of the project at Surf City in 2006; Harvey Cedars in 2010; and Brant Beach between 31st and 57th Streets in Long Beach Township in 2012. The Army Corps repaired beaches in Surf City and Harvey Cedars in 2012 after Hurricane Irene, and fully restored the beaches within all three communities after Hurricane Sandy in 2013. The restoration and repair work was funded 100 percent through the Army Corps’ Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies program.  On December 5, 2014 the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded a contract to the Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company, for $128 million to complete initial construction of the Long Beach Island project. Beachfill operations completed in November of 2016. The initial construction was funded entirely by the federal government through the 2013 Disaster Relief Appropriations Act (PL113-2), commonly known as the Hurricane Sandy Relief Bill. The project is eligible for continued periodic nourishment.

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