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Project Background & Status

  • Date: 7/14/2020
  • Beach access closures: 43rd, 44th, 88th Streets
  • Additional Info: Dredge Liberty Island is conducting dredging and beachfill operations
  • Sequence of work: for northern Sea Isle City, work began on June 30th.  A pipe landing was made near 40th Street. Work proceeded north to around 28th Street and was completed on July 7th. Then, the contractor flipped from the pipe landing at 40th Street and began proceeding south. Work will continue to around 53rd Street. For southern Sea Isle City, work will proceed after work is completed in northern Sea Isle City. A pipe landing will be made near 84th Street. Work will proceed north to around 75th Street; and then flip from 84th Street and proceed south to around 93rd Street.
  • Overview of work: Most of the work involves widening the beach. However in some areas, dunes, beach access points, and sand fencing will be repaired. Dune grass will be planted in the late fall/winter timeframe. In Sea Isle City, the dune will be relocated (moved landward) from around 88th-93rd Streets.  It is hoped this will reduce dune erosion in the future. During construction, our contractor closes no more than 1,000 consecutive feet of beach at a time for beachfill operations; this allows continued access for beachgoers by detouring no more than several blocks from any given point.  However, a second section of beach may need to be closed for dune relocation work if said work is necessary outside of the 1,000' section already closed for beachfill operations.

The Great Egg Harbor Inlet to Townsends Inlet project was authorized in 2007 but did not receive funding until 2013 when Congress enacted the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013 (Public Law 113-2, or often referred to as the Hurricane Sandy Relief Bill). On November 10, 2014, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded a $57.6-million contract to the Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company to complete the coastal storm damage reduction project from the southern end of Ocean City to Strathmere and Sea Isle. The project, which entails the construction of a dune and a berm, or beach, in front of each community, is a joint effort of the Army Corps’ Philadelphia District and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. The initial construction project was completed in the spring of 2016. The project is eligible for periodic nourishment (on a 5-year cycle) pending adequate funding.

  • In September 2019, USACE awarded a contract to Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company to complete periodic nourishment of two projects in Cape May County, N.J: the Great Egg Harbor Inlet to Townsends Inlet Project (Southern Ocean City, Strathmere and Sea Isle City) and the Great Egg Harbor and Peck Beach project, which extends from the Seaview Road Groin to 34th Street in Ocean City. In the fall/winter, work was completed in Southern Ocean City and Strathmere. Work will take place in Northern Ocean City and Sea Isle City in the summer of 2020. 

Work in the southern end of Ocean City, from 34th Street to Corson's Inlet State Park, includes a federally constructed dune at elevation +12.8, with a width at the top of 25 feet, and a berm or beach extending 100 feet from the seaward base of the dune. On Ludlum Island, which includes Strathmere and Sea Isle, the federally constructed dune is built to elevation +14.8 and the berm is 50 feet wide. 

Dune System Animation During Potential Storm Event