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Construction Status for Northern Ocean County Project


Location: Mantoloking North

  • Date: 11/20/2018
  • Status: ACTIVE 
  • Hopper Dredge RN Weeks resumed dredging and beachfill operations. BE Lindholm scheduled to return Nov. 22
  • Beach access closures: Lyman, Stephens Pl

Location: Toms River North

  • Date: 11/20/2018
  • Status: ACTIVE
  • Hopper Dredge Magdalen currently conducting dredging and beachfill operations. 
  • Beach access closures: 1st, 2nd, 3rd

Location: Seaside Heights

  • Date: 11/20/2018
  • Status: ACTIVE
  • Additional info: Pipeline Dredge Ellefsen is currently conducting dredging and beachfill operations
  • Beach access closures: Colony, Hiering, Unnamed Crossover
  • Location: Seaside Park
  • Date: 11/20/2018
  • Status: STANDBY
  • Additional info: Site is currently out of service until further notice
  • Beach access closures: none

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. 

Construction Schedule

USACE's contractor Weeks Marine Inc. will be using multiple dredges to complete the beachfill contract. Three hopper dredges (R.N. WeeksB.E. Lindholm and Magdalen) are expected to be 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. Weeks Marine will also be using two pipeline cutter head dredges (EW Ellefsen and C.R. McCaskill), which function more like a stationary barge and continuously pump sand from a sand borrow site through a pipeline and onto the beach. The type of dredge used for each community depends on the distance from the sand borrow site to the shoreline. 

- Schedule Updated: Oct. 16, 2018 (check the map to the right to clarify the different sections of the project)

- Note - the schedule is an estimate. Construction could begin sooner or later than the dates listed below based on weather, equipment issues and overall progress. 

 *Mantoloking Northern Area - stretches from Sta. 207 (approx. 2000 ft. north of Herbert St.) to Sta. 162 (municipal boundary with Bay Head).

Dredging Equipment


Hopper Dredge

Toms River North– construction began in October of 2018 and is estimated to last through mid January of 2019.  The pipe landing was made between East Pompano Way and E Sandpiper Way. Work will first proceed North, then flip and pump South.

Bay Head– construction follows Toms River North. Current construction estimate is mid January to early May. The plan is to make the pipe landing near Mount Street and first pump North, then flip and pump South.

Hopper Dredges
R.N. Weeks and
B.E. Lindholm
(typically work in tandem on same line)

Mantoloking– construction complete in base contract area.

Brick Townshipconstruction began in April and was completed on Aug. 16, 2018. The pipe landing was made near Bel Air Road. Pumping will proceed South first, then flip and pump North.

Mantoloking Northern Area*construction is ongoing and is expected to last through mid December of 2018. The pipe landing was made near Lyman Street with work first proceeding south and then flipping and pumping north. 

Lavallette– construction follows Mantoloking option areas. Current construction estimate is mid December through late March. The plan is to make the pipe landing near Magee Avenue and first pump North, then flip and pump South.

Point Pleasant Beach - construction follows Lavallette. Current construction estimate is end of March to early May. The plan is to make the pipe landing at Elizabeth and Carter Avenues and first pump to the South then flip and pump North. Work to extend the Sea Avenue ocean outfall will be ongoing from June to late November/early December. Access via Maryland Ave will be modified to allow limited equipment access. Pedestrian access will be maintained. Point Beaches are open except within fenced construction area.

Pipeline Dredge
EW Ellefsen

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

Seaside Heights– construction began on Nov. 11. Current construction estimated to last through early February. The pipe landing was made at Hiering Ave. Work will proceed south. 

Pipeline Dredge
CR McCaskill

Seaside Park– construction began on Aug. 9 and is estimated to last through early January. The initial pipe landing was made near 5th Ave with work first proceeding north and then flipping and pumping south. .

Berkeley Township– construction follows Seaside Park. Current construction estimate is early January through late January. 

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.

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