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Townsends Inlet to Cape May Inlet Project

The Townsends Inlet to Cape May Inlet Coastal Storm Risk Management Project was authorized by Congress in 1999. The project includes the construction of a dune and berm system with a 3-year nourishment cycle (pending available funding) and 2.2 miles of seawall along the Townsends Inlet frontage of Avalon and the Hereford Inlet frontage of North Wildwood. The design calls for a 150 foot berm (or beach) backed by a dune constructed to elevation +14.75 (North American Vertical Datum of 1988). The beachfill portion of the project was initially constructed in 2002. The Townsends Inlet seawall was completed in 2006. The Hereford Inlet seawall was constructed in 2 phases with the Phase 1 completed in 2007 and Phase 2 completed in 2010. The dune and beachfill project was renourished/repaired in 2011, 2013, 2017, and 2019. The Hereford Seawall was repaired in 2014.

The project is designed to reduce the risk of damages to infrastructure from coastal storm events. 

The dune and beachfill portion of the Townsends Inlet to Cape May Inlet project was initially constructed in 2002 and has been subsequently renourished and repaired. The next scheduled periodic nourishment is scheduled for 2021 pending available funding. The Townsends Inlet seawall was completed in 2006. The Hereford Inlet seawall was constructed in 2 phases with the Phase 1 completed in 2007 and Phase 2 completed in 2010. In the summer of 2020, repair work is expected to begin along the Hereford Inlet (Anglesea) seawall. 

The project is designed to reduce the risk of damages to infrastructure from coastal storm events. 

Year

Activity

2002

Initial construction of dune and beachfill 

2009

Construction of Townsends Inlet and Hereford Inlet seawalls

2011

FCCE Emergency Repair

2013

FCCE Emergency Restoration

2017

2nd Periodic Nourishment

2019

 3rd Periodic nourishment

2020

Hereford Inlet Seawall Repairs (ongoing)
2021

4th Periodic Nourishment (scheduled; pending funding)

Anglesea/North Wildwood Seawall Repairs

In cooperation with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) and the City of North Wildwood, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) awarded a contract to Agate Construction to repair damage along sections of the Hereford Inlet Seawall.

Erosion along the underwater edge of the wall caused portions of the wall to collapse. To fix the problem, Agate will install concrete block mattresses that extend into the channel along the bottom of the inlet. The mattresses will then be covered with more than 20,000 ton of stone. The mattresses are designed to fold into areas of erosion and prevent the erosion from migrating towards the wall. Prior to Labor Day, all construction work will be from barges in the inlet. Concrete mattress and stone will be loaded on the barges from Staging Area #1 (see construction map on below tab). Following Labor Day, construction will begin from land based operations adjacent to the wall.

The seawall was originally constructed in 2009 and provides coastal flood risk management for homes along the Hereford Inlet. Construction is anticipated to be completed in March 2021. 

Each Wednesday, the USACE will update the work schedule below for the next 7 days. Construction is dependent on weather conditions, ocean and inlet conditions and other factors that can impact the schedule and planned activities. The information below is for informational purposes and subject to change without notification.

Planned Activities for July 8-July 14

  • Complete retrieval of large underwater stones from within the Inlet
  • Begin loading underlayer stone into barges from Staging Area 2
  • Start placement of underlayer stone along Repair Area 2

  • Construction photos will be posted here as work progresses

Safety of our workers and the public is our primary concern.  Construction sites are full of hazards that workers are trained and outfitted to handle. Please help us keep you and our workers safe by following all caution signs, staying clear of heavy equipment and large vehicles, and not letting curiosity bring you inside our secured work area. Be aware of increased truck traffic, construction noise and other hazards that present themselves around the construction area. Your awareness and vigilance help us ensure ZERO accidents.

Dune System Animation During Potential Storm Event

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USACE Philadelphia District
100 Penn Square E.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
215-656-6515  
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