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Long Beach Island Project Status

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  • Update: Contractors dredges have moved to other regions of the country to complete project. Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company estimates they will return in the mid March timeframe to resume beachfill operations on Long Beach Island in Area 6. 

Long Beach Island Project Schedule

Update for Long Beach Island Beachfill

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and its contractor Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company began dredging and beachfill operations in early May in the borough of Ship Bottom. Great Lakes mobilized two dredges, the Padre Island and the Dodge Island, to commence beachfill operations. The project is a joint effort between the Army Corps and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. It is designed to reduce storm damages from future events and is 100 percent funded by the 2013 Disaster Relief Appropriations Act (PL113-2), commonly known as the Hurricane Sandy Relief Bill. 

Schedule Details (updated 1/12/2016 - subject to change based on overall progress, weather impacts, and any mechanical issues with equipment)  

Area 1 (Northern limits of project - Seaview Drive South in Loveladies to previously construction section at Harvey Cedars)

  • Will be determined after real estate acquisition is finalized. 

Area 2 (North Beach & Surf City - previously constructed portion at Harvey Cedars to previously constructed portion at Surf City) 

  • Will be determined after real estate acquisition is finalized. 

Area 6 (Beach Haven and south to limits of project at Holgate)

  • Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company estimates work will take place between mid March and late May. 

Additional details

  • Great Lakes anticipates progressing 100-300 feet a day depending on the condition of the beach in the area. 
  • All work under the base contract is required to be complete by May 23, 2016. There are currently options on the contract for additional work that could add additional time to the contract completion date if awarded. Further, weather and or mechanical delays may cause a change in the construction schedule and completion date.

What to expect during construction: 

  • Crews will 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). Residents and visitors should not have to walk more than several blocks to access an open section of beach.  
  • The operation is 24/7 because of the cost associated with mobilizing a dredge to the location.  

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. This project is a joint effort of the Army Corps and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

The current construction is funded entirely by the federal government through the 2013 Disaster Relief Appropriations Act (PL113-2), commonly known as the Hurricane Sandy Relief Bill. Following the completion of initial construction, the project is eligible for continued periodic nourishment.

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