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The Absecon Island project features include a dune and berm system that is designed to reduce the risk of storm damages to infrastructure and property.
The Absecon Island project features include a dune and berm system that is designed to reduce the risk of storm damages to infrastructure and property.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Philadelphia District and its contractor built two sections of a seawall and rebuilt portions of the Atlantic City boardwalk along the Absecon Inlet in Atlantic City, N.J. Work was completed in April of 2018 and is designed to reduce damages from coastal storms.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Philadelphia District and its contractor built two sections of a seawall and rebuilt portions of the Atlantic City boardwalk along the Absecon Inlet in Atlantic City, N.J. Work was completed in April of 2018 and is designed to reduce damages from coastal storms.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Philadelphia District and its contractor built two sections of a seawall and rebuilt portions of the Atlantic City boardwalk along the Absecon Inlet in Atlantic City, N.J. Work was completed in April of 2018 and is designed to reduce damages from coastal storms.
The Absecon Island project includes a dune and berm system in Atlantic City, Ventnor, Margate and Longport. It is designed to reduce the risk of storm damages to infrastructure and property.
Atlantic City during construction
The initial construction of the Absecon Island project involved the construction of a stormwater management system in Margate with 5 ocean outfal
Atlantic City
Periodic Renourishment
Bulldozer
Atlantic City Initial Construction

Absecon Island Coastal Storm Risk Management Project

  • Construction Updates
    • WEEKLY UPDATE: As of 11/20/2020
    • BEACH ACCESS CLOSURES: Pittsburgh, Rosborough, Melbourne, Baltimore, Washington, Swarthmore
    • ADDITIONAL INFO: The Dredge Liberty Island is conducting dredging and beachfill operations 
  • Contract Overview
    • On July 31st, USACE awarded a contract to Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company to complete periodic nourishment of the Absecon Island project. 
    • Atlantic City: Dredging and beachfill operations will be executed with the Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company pipeline cutterhead dredge TEXAS. Work is anticipated to begin in mid-November and be completed in the winter of 2021. The pipe landing will be made near New Hampshire Ave. Work will proceed north first then flip and proceed south. 
    • Ventnor City, Margate City, LongportDredging and beachfill operations will be executed with the Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company hopper dredge LIBERTY ISLAND. Work is anticipated to begin in early to mid October in Ventnor and then proceed to Margate and Longport. Beachfill operations are estimated to be completed in December 2020. For Ventnor, a pipe landing will be made near Philadelphia Ave.  Work will proceed north first, and then flip and proceed south into Margate. A second pipe landing will be made in Longport near 13th Avenue to complete the downbeach portion of the contract.

Initial construction of the beachfill component of the project was completed for Atlantic City and Ventnor in June 2004. The beachfill for Margate and Longport and the Absecon Inlet bulkhead improvements in Atlantic City remained uncompleted when Hurricane Sandy impacted the project area. 

In November 2016, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) awarded a contract to Weeks Marine Inc. to complete initial construction of the beachfill in Margate and Longport. Beachfill operations completed in April 2018.  In addition, in December 2014, USACE awarded a contract to J. Fletcher Cramer Inc. to complete the Absecon Inlet seawall and rebuild the historic Atlantic City boardwalk along the same section of the inlet frontage. The inlet work was completed in April 2018.  This latter phase of initial construction was funded entirely by the federal government through the 2013 Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, commonly known as the Hurricane Sandy Relief Bill. The project was turned over to the non-federal sponsor, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, after the completion of initial construction in each area for continuing Operations and Maintenance.

A contract to conduct periodic nourishment of the dune and berm system was awarded to Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company in July 2020 with work expected to take place in the fall and early winter of 2020.  

Year

Amount of Sand

2004 (Initial Construction for Atlantic City & Ventnor)

4,950,000 cubic yards

2011 (Flood Control & Coastal Emergencies (FCCE) Funded)

1,100,000 cubic yards

2012 (Periodic Nourishment)

1,325,000 cubic yards

2013 (FCCE PL113-2 Hurricane Sandy)

1,300,000 cubic yards

2017-2018 (Initial construction Margate & Longport PL113-2 Hurricane Sandy and Periodic Nourishment Atlantic City/Ventnor)

3,493,599 cubic yards

Fiscal Year 2020 - Periodic Nourishment Scheduled (funds provided in 2020 work plan) TBD

Absecon Island is an approximately 8-mile long  barrier island located in Atlantic County, New Jersey.  The area has historically suffered damages from coastal storms, hurricanes and nor'easters. The Absecon Island Coastal Storm Risk Management project is designed to reduce the risk of loss of lives and damages to property and infrastructure from the waves, erosion, high tides and surges associated with these storm events.   The project provides flood and coastal storm risk management along Absecon Island, which includes the municipalities of Atlantic City, Ventnor City, Margate City and the Borough of Longport.

The project Features include beachfill with a dune crest width of 25 feet at elevation +14.75 feet above the North American Vertical Datum 1988 (NAVD 88), and a berm width of 200 ft. at elevation +7.5 ft. NAVD 88  within Atlantic City; A dune crest width of 25 feet at elevation +12.75 feet above NAVD 88, and a berm width of 100 ft. at elevation +7.5 ft. NAVD 88  within Ventnor, Margate and Longport, along with construction of various types of dune crossovers, sand fencing, and the planting of multiple species of native dune grasses. Periodic nourishment is authorized on a 3-year cycle. The project also includes construction of 1776 feet of bulkhead and stone revetment along the Absecon Inlet frontage of Atlantic City, and a stormwater management system in Margate which includes 5 ocean outfall pipes.  The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection serves as the Non-Federal cost sharing Sponsor for this project.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) completed the New Jersey Shore Protection, Brigantine Inlet to Great Egg Harbor Inlet, Absecon Island Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact Statement in August 1996, which defined the project that maximized the National Economic Development benefits for reduced risk of coastal storm damage. The feasibility study investigated flood and coastal storm damage effects between the two inlets. The study involved extensive engineering, environmental, and economic analyses and recommended the construction of a dune and berm system with the intent of reducing impacts from coastal erosion and storms.  The Report of the Chief of Engineers was released in December 1996 and Congress authorized construction of the project in the Water Resources Development Act of 1996. A Project Cooperation Agreement was executed in July 2003 between the non-Federal Sponsor, the NJDEP and the Department of the Army represented by the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works. As a consequence of Hurricane Sandy in October 2012, Congress passed Public Law, the “Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013”, which authorized supplemental appropriations to USACE to complete the initial construction of the project.  A new Project Partnership Agreement was executed in June 2014 between the NJDEP and the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works. 

Dune System Animation During Potential Storm Event