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Long Beach Island Project Status & Updates

Following Hurricane Sandy, The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Philadelphia District received funding and approval to restore existing Coastal Storm Risk Management Projects to their full design level. USACE awarded a $30.6 million contract to Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company on April 24th to restore the previously constructed segments of the project along Long Beach Island. Work involved placing approximately 3 million cubic yards of sand to rebuild beaches within the Boroughs of Harvey Cedars, Surf City and Brant Beach in Long Beach Township. In addition to beachfill, work included the replacement of dune crossovers, sand fencing, and the replanting of dune grasses.  The project began at the end of May at Harvey Cedars and Brant Beach, and then moved on to Surf City. Dredging and pumping operations were completed in September. 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Philadelphia District awarded a contract on December 5, 2014 to the Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company for $128 million to complete the initial construction of the Long Beach Island Coastal Storm Damage Reduction project in New Jersey. The work will involve dredging approximately eight million cubic yards of sand from an approved borrow area approximately three miles offshore of Long Beach Island. The sand will be pumped through a series of pipes onto the beaches within the municipalities of Long Beach Township, Ship Bottom, Beach Haven and a small section of Surf City over a length of 12.7 miles. The sand is then built into a dune and berm system designed to reduce potential damages to infrastructure, businesses, and homes that can occur from coastal storm events.  In addition, the contract includes the construction of dune crossovers, placement of sand fencing, and dune grass plantings. The Army Corps will issue a Notice to Proceed to Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company prior to the end of the year. At that time, Great Lakes will have 480 days to complete the awarded contract work. Work is expected to be completed by May 2016. 

Long Beach Island Coastal Storm Risk Management

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.

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.

Thus far, the Philadelphia District has completed initial construction at Surf City and Ship Bottom in 2006; Harvey Cedars in 2010 and Brant Beach between 31st and 57th Streets in Long Beach Township in 2012.

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