LBI Beach Replenishment Start Now Planned for April
Work Will Initially Progress South From 106th St. in Beach Haven Park
An updated project schedule for the initial construction of the Long Beach Island Coastal Storm Damage Reduction project shows the first phase of the beachfill work beginning around April 15 in Beach Haven Park and proceeding toward Holgate.
The original timeline submitted by contractor Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Co. called for beachfill construction to begin in mid-August.
Great Lakes – which was awarded the $128 million project contract in December – made the scheduling change in part due to dredging equipment availability, according to Steve Rochette, public affairs officer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Philadelphia District, which is heading up the project along with the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection.
Initially, two dredges, the Padre Island and the Dodge Island, will commence beachfill operations near 106th Street in the Beach Haven Park section of Long Beach Township, and will move south.
Residents should begin to see mobilization to the project area, including the delivery of the shoreline pipeline, in late March.
Crews will likely close 1,000-foot sections of the beach as work progresses along the Island. Great Lakes anticipates construction to advance by approximately 100 feet per day.
“A third dredge, the Liberty Island,” said Rochette, “is scheduled to mobilize to the project site in August 2015 and begin operations at the northern end of the project within the Loveladies section of Long Beach Township, work southward towards Ship Bottom, and complete beachfill construction near 106th Street in Long Beach Township by April 12, 2016.”
All work under the base contract is required to be finished by April 12, 2016, though there are currently options on the contract for further work that, if awarded, could add time to the project completion. Weather and mechanical delays may also cause a change in the construction schedule and completion date.
As Rochette explained, “The work will involve dredging over 8 million cubic yards of sand from an approved borrow area approximately 3 miles offshore of Long Beach Island. The sand will be pumped through a series of pipes onto the beaches within the municipalities of Long Beach Township, Ship Bottom, Beach Haven and a small section of Surf City over for a combined project construction length of 12.2 miles. The sand is then built into a dune and berm system designed to reduce potential damages to infrastructure, businesses and homes that can occur from coastal storm events. In addition, the contract includes the construction of dune crossovers, placement of sand fencing, and dune grass plantings.”
The LBI Coastal Storm Damage Reduction project “was only partially completed when Hurricane Sandy hit the New Jersey shore,” Rochette added. “The Army Corps completed the initial construction of the project at Surf City in 2006; Harvey Cedars in 2010; and Brant Beach between 31st and 57th streets in Long Beach Township in 2012. The Army Corps repaired beaches in Surf City and Harvey Cedars in 2012 after Hurricane Irene, and fully restored the beaches within all three communities after Hurricane Sandy in 2013. ... The current contract will complete the initial construction of the dune and berm system on Long Beach Island.”
While the restoration and repair work was funded entirely through the Army Corps’ Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies program, the upcoming work is funded by the federal government via the 2013 Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, commonly known as the Hurricane Sandy Relief Bill.
Following the completion of initial construction, the project is eligible for continued periodic nourishment.
The Army Corps will post periodic updates to the construction schedule on its website, www.nap.usace.army.mil/.