US Army Corps of Engineers
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Absecon Island Project Photos

Margate Storm Water Management System

Margate Storm Water Management/Drainage Background

Location of work

  • The system was constructed in stages starting in the south with the Vendome Avenue area moving north completing at Fredericksburg Avenue. The five ocean outfall pipes are located at Vendome, Nassau, Kenyon, Franklin and Douglas Avenues. Each outfall is oriented perpendicular to the shoreline and conveys stormwater to the ocean. They are buried beneath the dune and beach, daylighting near the shoreline (location varies based on condition of the beach). The lateral manifold system that conveys stormwater to the five outfall pipes is located parallel to the shoreline along the bulkhead area (beach side). This system will also be buried beneath the sand. 
  • Construction of final outfall system was completed on March 8, 2019. 

Previous Statements

Absecon Island Project Background

Project Purpose

The Absecon Island project is designed to reduce storm damages to homes and infrastructure from the waves, high tides and storm surges associated with these events. The communities along the New Jersey shoreline have suffered significant storm damages from nor’easters and hurricanes and are at risk to suffer further damages from coastal storms. The project provides flood and coastal storm risk management along Absecon Island. The selected plan includes beachfill, 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 Authority

Construction of the Brigantine Inlet to Great Egg Harbor Inlet, Absecon Island New Jersey Storm Damage Reduction Project, is authorized by the Water Resources Development Act of 1996. A Project Cooperation Agreement to construct the project was signed July 2003 with New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

Previously Completed Work

Amount of Sand (cubic yards)
2004 (Initial Construction)
2011 (FCCE)
2012 (Periodic Nourishment)
2013 (FCCE - Hurricane Sandy)
2017-2018 (Initial Construction for Margate/Longport and Renourishment for Atlantic City/Ventnor City) 3,493,599