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. Atlantic City: Dredging and beachfill operations were conducted with the Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company pipeline cutterhead dredge TEXAS. Work began in December of 2020 and was completed in February 2021. Ventnor City, Margate City, Longport: Dredging and beachfill operations were executed with the Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company hopper dredge LIBERTY ISLAND. Work began in October in Ventnor and then proceeded to Margate and Longport and was completed in December 2020.
The Fiscal Year 2024 Bilateral Infrastructure Law (BIL) included $25 million to initiate and complete the next nourishment cycle. A construction contract is scheduled to be awarded in the summer of 2024 with construction likely in fall/winter of 2025.