Army Corps awards contract for Brigantine beach nourishment

USACE Philadelphia District
Published May 24, 2023
Sand and water pours through a pipe and basket onto the beach

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers conducts dredging and beachfill operations to maintain protective dune and berm features and reduce the risk of storm damages to infrastructure. Sand is dredged from borrow sites and pumped with water through pipeline and onto the beach and graded into a designed profile.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Philadelphia District awarded a contract to Norfolk Dredging Company for $14 million to conduct periodic nourishment of the Brigantine dune and berm Coastal Storm Risk Management project. The project is a joint effort between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and the City of Brigantine.  

The contract calls for dredging and placing approximately 850,000 cubic yards sand. Sand is dredged from a borrow site near Brigantine Inlet. Sand is then pumped through a series of pipes, placed on the beach, and graded into an engineered dune and berm template, which is designed to reduce damages from coastal storm events. In Brigantine, sand will be placed in the northern portion of the community from just north of 14th Street N. proceeding south to approximately Roosevelt Blvd. 

Norfolk Dredging Company is expected to begin dredging and beachfill operations in July 2023 and work is expected to be completed in the fall. 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 municipality.

Steve Rochette

Release no. 23-012