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Absecon Island Coastal Storm Risk Management

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APPROPRIATION / PHASE: Construction, General

BUSINESS PROGRAM: Flood and Coastal Storm Damage Reduction

AUTHORITY: This project was authorized under the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 1996. 

LOCATION: Absecon Island extends approximately 8.1 miles along the Atlantic coast of New Jersey from Absecon Inlet to Great Egg Harbor Inlet.

DESCRIPTION: The project provides flood and coastal storm damage reduction along Absecon Island. The selected plan includes beach fill, with a 200-foot-wide berm and a dune to elevation +14.75 feet for Atlantic City and a 100-foot wide berm and a dune to elevation 12.75 for Ventnor, Margate and Longport. The plan also includes 0.3 miles of bulkhead construction along the Absecon Inlet frontage of Atlantic City. 

PROJECT GOALS: The purpose of this project provides hurricane and coastal storm damage reduction along Absecon Island, beach fills with berm. and dunes.

PROJECT SUMMARY: 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. 

In 2017, USACE began the initial construction of the project in Southern Ventnor, Margate and Longport. This contract was combined with the periodic nourishment of Atlantic City and Ventnor City, NJ. Beachfill operations were completed in the Spring of 2018. In April of 2018, USACE completed the Absecon Inlet seawall portion of the project. Work on a stormwater management system in Margate will resume in the fall of 2018. 





Initial Construction

Jun 2004

2nd Periodic Nourishment Cycle

       Mar 2012

       Jun 2012

FCCE Emergency (Sandy)           July 2013        Dec 2013  

3rd Periodic Nourishment Cycle and Initial Construction

          May 2017        May 2018


SPONSOR: New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

DATE OF PROJECT AGREEMENT: 31 Jul 2003 (PCA); and 23 June 2014 (PPA)