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UPDATED: February 2016

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS: NJ‑2

APPROPRIATION / PHASE: Construction, General

BUSINESS PROGRAM: Flood and Coastal Storm Damage Reduction

AUTHORITY: Section 1001 (30) of the Water Resources Development Act of 2007

LOCATION: The project area extends approximately 16 miles from Great Egg Harbor Inlet to Townsends Inlet, and includes the municipalities of Ocean City, Upper Township, and Sea Isle City. An existing Federal beachfill extends along the northern and central portions of Ocean City, from Seaview Road to 34th Street.

DESCRIPTION: The study investigated flood and coastal storm damage effects with a view toward reducing impacts from coastal erosion and storms. The recommended plan calls for construction of a beach fill with a berm and dune along the study area oceanfront utilizing sand from an offshore borrow source and periodic nourishment for a period of 50 years.

Project Goals: The purpose of this project investigated hurricane and coastal storm damage effects with a view toward reducing impacts from coastal erosion and storms.

STATUS: Planning, Engineering and Design was completed in FY05.  Chief of Engineer’s Report was signed on 24 October 2006. The project was authorized in the 2007 Water Resources Development Act. The Record of Decision was signed on 18 October 2011.

Between October 27 & 30, 2012, Hurricane Sandy significantly damaged the New Jersey coast from Sandy Hook to Cape May and up the Delaware Bay.  In response, the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013 was passed by Congress and signed into law by the President on January 29, 2013 as Public Law 113-2 (Act).  

The legislation provides supplemental appropriations to address damages caused by Hurricane Sandy and to reduce future flood risk in ways that will support the long-term sustainability of the coastal ecosystem and communities, and reduce the economic costs and risks associated with large-scale flood and storm events. 

This project was determined to be eligible for P.L. 113-2 2013 Disaster Relief Appropriations Act (Hurricane Sandy) funds as an Authorized but Unconstructed (ABU) project.  The term “authorized but unconstructed project” refers to previously authorized projects for which no physical construction has occurred as well as projects that contain elements where construction has not been completed. Additionally this project is considered an on-going ABU project under P.L. 113-2.  Therefore, the remaining initial construction portions of the project are eligible to completed at 100% Federal with no sponsor payback. 

In FY13, FY14 & FY15 $70.6M has been received to complete the necessary steps to construct initial construction to include completion of Limited Reevaluation Report (LRR), approve and execute a new Project Partnership Agreement; acquire the necessary real estate; complete plans and specifications; and advertise and award the construction contracts. 
A LRR is a post authorization study that evaluates a specific portion of the approved plan under current policies, criteria and guidelines, and may be limited to economics, environmental effects or, in rare cases, project formulation. A LRR documents the results of the analysis undertaken.

For this project a HSLRR specific to Hurricane Sandy was completed & approved which recommended moving forward with initial construction under PL 113-2. This HSLRR was used to support the development of a PPA which was executed on 23 Jun 14.

All the necessary real estate acquisitions were completed along with the plans and specifications for the contract. The contract to initiate and complete initial construction was awarded on 10 November 2014. Physical construction began in Apr 15 with completion sched for Apr 16. Sandy funds (PL 113-2) totaling $82.3M have been received to complete initial construction. Based on PL 113-2 initial construction will be at 100% Federal with no sponsor payback.

FY16 Work Plan funds are being used for monitoring.

TIMELINE

Start

Complete

Comments

Initial Construction

Jan 2015

Completion sched. for Mar 2016

SPONSOR: New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

Date of Project Partnership Agreement: 23 June 2014    

Target Completion Date: 2064

Total Estimated Cost: $402.6 M

Federal Funds Appropriated: $83.9 M (includes Sandy CG Funding)

Non-Federal Share: $348K

PROJECT MANAGER: Dwight Pakan