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The Manasquan Inlet to Barnegat Inlet project plan calls for construction of a beachfill with a berm and dune from Point Pleasant Beach to the border of Island Beach State Park, NJ.

The Manasquan Inlet to Barnegat Inlet project plan calls for construction of a beachfill with a berm and dune from Point Pleasant Beach to the border of Island Beach State Park, NJ. (Photo by USACE)

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New Jersey Shore Protection, Manasquan Inlet to Barnegat Inlet, NJ

Coastal Storm Risk Management

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UPDATED: May 2014

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS: NJ-3, NJ‑4

APPROPRIATION / PHASE: Construction, General

BUSINESS PROGRAM: Flood and Coastal Storm Damage Reduction

LOCATION:  The study area is located on the Atlantic coast of Ocean County, New Jersey, extending approximately 14 miles from Point Pleasant Beach to Island Beach State Park, a barrier island wildlife area.

DESCRIPTION: This project was authorized by Section 1001 (32) of the Water Resources Development Act of 2007. 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. Initial fill requirements would be about 10 million cubic yards, with periodic nourishment at 4-year intervals with about 1 million cubic yards placed. The Chief of Engineers Report was completed in December 2003.  This project was authorized in the 2007 Water Resources Development Act (WRDA).  Funding was not received in FY12 to initiate initial construction.

Project Goals: The purpose of this project investigated hurricane and coastal storm damage reduction, and recommendation of a beach fill. With a berm and dune and a periodic nourishment for a period of 50 years.

STATUS: Between October 27 & 30, 2012, Hurricane Sandy significantly damaged the New Jersey coast from Sandy Hook to Cape May and up the Delaware Bay. This project was hit especially hard with a breach in Mantoloking and significant damage to Seaside Heights, Mantoloking, Ortley Beach, Lavallette and Seaside Park. Significant damage also occurred to piers, boardwalks, amusements, residential and commercial properties.

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 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.

$1,050,000 has been received to begin the process towards initiation and completion of initial construction. These funds are being used to complete the necessary steps towards initial construction. These steps include completion of the Limited Reevaluation Report; develop, approve and execute the Project Partnership Agreement; acquire the necessary real estate; complete plans and specifications; and advertise and award the construction contract.

SPONSOR: New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

Date of Project Partnership Agreement: Scheduled for April 2014      

Target Completion Date: TBD—50 year after 1st initial construction contract advertisement

Total Estimated Cost: $158M Initial Construction

Federal Funds Appropriated: $855K

Non-Federal Share: $337,000

PROJECT MANAGER: Keith Watson


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