US Army Corps of Engineers
Philadelphia District & Marine Design Center

Construction Status for Northern Ocean County Project

Location: Point Pleasant Beach

  • Date: 4/23/2019
  • Status: ACTIVE
  • Additional info: Dredge Magdalen and RN Weeks departed the area for safe harbor due to rough seas
  • Beach access closures: New York, Philadelphia, Washington

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. 

- 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. 

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. (Note: Following the completion of sand placement operations, additional work on dune crossovers and sand fencing takes place for a period of several weeks. Dune grass is only planted between November and March per best practices)

 

Remaining Areas

 Pt. Pleasant Beach – Sand placement operations began on April 8, 2019 in Point Pleasant Beach with estimated completion in May.

The pipe landing will be made between Baltimore and Makin Avenues (work will first proceed north; then flip and proceed south to the Maryland Ave outfall pipe). Then, work will proceed to a pipe landing between Karge and North Ave in Bay Head. From there, work will proceed north to the Maryland Ave outfall pipe in Point Pleasant Beach. 

(Note: Following the completion of sand placement operations, additional work on dune crossovers and sand fencing takes place for a period of several weeks. Dune grass is only planted between November and March per best practices)

 Bay Head – Sand placement operations estimated to begin in May with estimated completion in late June. There will be two pipe landings in Bay Head. When the Dredge BE Lindholm returns, there will be 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). 
  • Just south of Egbert St (work will briefly proceed north; and then proceed south with Dredges RN Weeks and BE Lindholm).

(Note: Following the completion of sand placement operations, additional work on dune crossovers and sand fencing takes place for a period of several weeks. Dune grass is only planted between November and March per best practices)

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.