US Army Corps of Engineers
Philadelphia District & Marine Design Center

Construction Status for Northern Ocean County Project

Location: Bay Head

  • Date: 6/14/2019
  • Status: STANDBY
  • Additional info: Dredges Magdalen, BE Lindholm and RN Weeks currently not working due to rough seas/repairs
  • Beach access closures: North, Bridge, Howe, Mount, Johnson

Northern Ocean County Coastal Storm Risk Management

Project Status

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) awarded a contract to Weeks Marine Inc. to construct the Northern Ocean County dune and berm system. The project is a partnership between USACE and the state of New Jersey. Once the construction is completed, the project is designed to reduce damages to physical infrastructure from the future coastal storms that will impact Northern Ocean County. USACE's contractor Weeks Marine Inc. is using multiple dredges to complete the beachfill contract. Three hopper dredges (R.N. WeeksB.E. Lindholm and Magdalen) are currently being used during construction. Hopper dredges function like a ship as they transit back and forth between a sand borrow site and pump out buoy near the shoreline. 

Completed Areas

 Mantoloking– sand placement operations completed in base contract area.

 Brick Township– sand placement operations completed on Aug. 16, 2018.

 Toms River South (Ortley Beach) – sand placement operations completed on Nov. 11, 2018. 

 Mantoloking Northern Area – sand placement operations completed on Dec. 24, 2018. 

 Toms River North – sand placement operations completed on Dec. 29, 2018.

 Seaside Heights – sand placement operations completed on Jan. 13, 2019. 

 Seaside Park – sand placement operations completed on Jan. 23, 2019.  

 Berkeley Township – sand placement operations were completed on Feb. 5, 2019. 

 Lavallette - sand placement operations completed on April 8, 2019.

 Point Pleasant Beach - sand placement operations completed on May 22, 2019 (Note - sand fencing and dune crossover work will continue for period of several weeks after sand placement is completed. Dune grass is only planted between November and April)


Remaining Areas

 Bay Head – Sand placement operations began in May with estimated completion in mid to late June. There are two pipe landings and two active construction sites operating simultaneously. 

  •  Just north of Karge St (work will first proceed north through Bay Head to the Maryland Ave outfall pipe in Point Pleasant  Beach; then flip and proceed south into Bay Head with Dredge Magdalen). 
  •  Between Chadwick and Johnson St. (work will briefly proceed north; and then proceed south with Dredges RN Weeks and  BE Lindholm).
  • (Note - sand fencing and dune crossover work will continue for period of several weeks after sand placement is completed. Dune grass is only planted between November and April)


Project Background

The Manasquan Inlet to Barnegat Inlet (also known as "Northern Ocean County" project) Coastal Storm Risk Management project is the result of a 2002 feasibility study that 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 plan calls for beachfill construction along the oceanfront between Point Pleasant, New Jersey and the northern boundary of the Island Beach State Park utilizing sand from an offshore borrow source and periodic nourishment for a period of 50 years. The project includes the following municipalities: Point Pleasant Beach; Bay Head; Mantoloking; Brick Township; Toms River Township; Lavallette; Seaside Heights; Seaside Park; and Berkeley Township. Congress authorized the project as part of the Water Resources Development Act of 2007.