Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) announced that the contract has been awarded and work will begin next week on a $40 million beach replenishment project in Long Branch. This Army Corps of Engineers project, which is funded at full federal expense, will restore beaches in Long Branch to conditions better than prior to Sandy. The project is expected to be completed by spring, 2014. Pallone was joined by Colonel Paul Owen, Commander of the New York District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
"Sandy severely damaged our beaches and caused serious erosion that needs to be repaired to protect us from future storms," said Pallone. "With this critical beach replenishment project getting underway, we are moving a step closer toward recovering from Superstorm Sandy and rebuilding the Shore."
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is repairing and restoring the entire Sea Bright to Manasquan beach erosion control and storm risk reduction project with funds from the Sandy aid package, which Pallone fought for in Congress. The Long Branch portion of the project, which is the third of four phases, will pump approximately 3.3 million cubic yards of sand along the beaches in Long Branch. The work will be done by Manson Construction using the largest hopper dredge in the United States, the Glenn Edwards.
Beach replenishment will begin in Long Branch at Pier Village and continue south to Takanassee Lake. Upon the completion of that section, replenishment will continue from Pier Village, north to Monmouth Beach. The newly constructed beach berm will be at an elevation of 9.3 feet above the mean tideline with width of 140 to 250 feet.
The section of the coast from Elberon to Loch Arbour will move forward under a separate contract in autumn of 2014. Sand has not previously been placed along this section of the coast. Easements and design work for the project need to be completed including the outfall at Takanassee Lake.
The Army Corps of Engineers is completing the beach replenishment work from Sea Bright to Manasquan under five contracts. The Army Corps recently completed the first replenishment contract in Sea Bright and Monmouth Beach and plans to begin replenishment from Asbury Park to Avon-by-the-Sea in January. Construction on the section from Belmar to Manasquan began last week. The last contact will cover work from Elbron to Loch Arbour.