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Construction Status for Northern Ocean County Project

Beachfill status

  • Location: Brick Township
  • Date: 7/20/2018
  • Beach access closures: Several dune crossovers are under construction, but remain open for access to beach  
  • Additional info: Dredge RN Weeks and BE Lindholm are on site conducting beachfill operations. 

Northern Ocean County Coastal Storm Damage Reduction

Project Status

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) awarded a contract to Weeks Marine Inc. to construct the Northern Ocean County dune and berm system. The project is a partnership between USACE and the state of New Jersey. Once the construction is completed, the project is designed to reduce damages to physical infrastructure from the future coastal storms that will impact Northern Ocean County. 

Construction Schedule

USACE's contractor Weeks Marine Inc. will be using multiple dredges to complete the beachfill contract. Three hopper dredges (R.N. WeeksB.E. Lindholm and Magdalen) are expected to be used during construction. Hopper dredges function like a ship as they transit back and forth between a sand borrow site and pump out buoy near the shoreline. Weeks Marine will also be using two pipeline cutter head dredges (EW Ellefson and C.R. McCaskill), which function more like a stationary barge and continuously pump sand from a sand borrow site through a pipeline and onto the beach. The type of dredge used for each community depends on the distance from the sand borrow site to the shoreline. 

*Schedule Updated: July 17, 2018 (check the map to the right to clarify the different sections of the project)

**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. There is no way to predict exactly where construction will take place at a specific time due to the numerous variables involved.  

Dredging Equipment

Community

Hopper Dredge
Magdalen

Toms River North– construction estimate is early to mid August through early October. The plan is to make the pipe landing between East Pompano Way and E Sandpiper Way and first pump North, then flip and pump South.

Bay Head– construction follows Toms River North. Current construction estimate is early October through December. The plan is to make the pipe landing near Mount Street and first pump North, then flip and pump South.

Hopper Dredges
R.N. Weeks and
B.E. Lindholm
(typically work in tandemon same line)

Mantoloking– construction complete in base contract area.

Brick Township– construction began in April and is estimated to last through late-August. The pipe landing was made near Bel Air Road. Pumping will proceed South first, then flip and pump North.

Mantoloking Northern Area*– construction follows Brick. Current construction estimate is late-August through early October. The plan is to make the pipe landing near Lyman Street and first pump South, then flip and pump North.

Lavallette– construction follows Mantoloking option areas. Current construction estimate is early October through late December. Plan is to make the pipe landing near Magee Avenue and first pump North, then flip and pump South.

Point Pleasant Beachconstruction follows Lavallette. Current construction estimate is late December to late January of 2019.The plan is to make the pipe landing at Elizabeth and Carter Avenues and first pump to the South then flip and pump North. Work to extend the Sea Avenue ocean outfall will be ongoing from June to September. Access via Maryland Ave will be modified to allow limited equipment access. Pedestrian access will be maintained. Point Beaches are open except within fenced construction area.

Pipeline Dredge
EW Ellefson

Toms River South (Ortley Beach)construction began in mid-July and is estimated to last through early October. The pipe landing has been made just north of Hiering Ave. From there, contractor will pump North into Ortley.

Seaside Heights– construction follows Ortley Beach. Current construction estimate is October through December. The pipe landing will remain at north of Herring Ave. Pipe will be flipped, then pumped South through Seaside Heights.

Pipeline Dredge
C.R. McCaskill (or the R.S. Weeks)

Seaside Park– estimated construction is early August through mid-October.The plan is to make the pipe landing near 5th Ave and first pump North, then flip and pump South.

Berkeley Township– construction follows Seaside Park. Current construction estimate is mid-October through November.

 *Mantoloking Northern Area - stretches from Sta. 207 (approx. 2000 ft. north of Herbert St.) to Sta. 162 (municipal boundary with Bay Head).

Project Background

The Manasquan Inlet to Barnegat Inlet (also known as "Northern Ocean County" project) Coastal Storm Damage Reduction Project is the result of a 2002 feasibility study that investigated flood and coastal storm damage effects between the two inlets. The study involved extensive engineering, environmental, and economic analyses and recommended the construction of a dune and berm system with the intent of reducing impacts from coastal erosion and storms. The plan calls for beachfill construction along the oceanfront between Point Pleasant, New Jersey and the northern boundary of the Island Beach State Park utilizing sand from an offshore borrow source and periodic nourishment for a period of 50 years. The project includes the following municipalities: Point Pleasant Beach; Bay Head; Mantoloking; Brick Township; Toms River Township; Lavallette; Seaside Heights; Seaside Park; and Berkeley Township. Congress authorized the project as part of the Water Resources Development Act of 2007.

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