The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Philadelphia District has awarded a contract to Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company of Oak Brook, IL for $28.8 million to conduct periodic nourishment of the Townsends Inlet to Cape May Inlet (Avalon & Stone Harbor) dune and beachfill project. The project is a joint effort between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and the boroughs of Avalon and Stone Harbor.
The contract calls for dredging sand from the Townsends Inlet borrow site. Sand is then pumped through a series of pipes, placed on beaches, and graded into an engineered dune and berm template, which is designed to reduce damages from coastal storm events. The contract includes the following work:
- Avalon: Sand will be placed from 9th Street to 18th Streets. The contract currently calls for 231,000 cubic yards of sand to be placed; however, the contract includes options to place additional sand. (Note – the beachfill placement area could be extended if contract options are awarded)
- Stone Harbor: Sand will be placed from 90th to 123rd Streets. The contract currently calls for placing 464,000 cubic yards of sand; however, the contract includes options to place additional sand. (Note – the beachfill placement area could be extended if contract options are awarded)
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company is expected to begin dredging and beachfill operations in the late February/early March timeframe. Dunes will be repaired in certain areas; however, most of the work includes widening the beach between the toe of the dune and the water line.
The project is cost-shared between the Federal government, the State of New Jersey, and the municipalities.
Release no. 23-001