The Army Corps of Engineers have announced the construction schedule for long-awaited Manasquan Inlet to Barnegat Inlet Beachfill project that includes Brick Township’s oceanfront. At a pre-construction meeting held on March 17, representatives from the Army Corps, the NJDEP and the contractor, Weeks Marine, provided an overview of the construction project and the schedule. In Brick Township, construction is scheduled to start in December 2017 and go through March 2018. While this means there will be no disruption to Brick Township’s beaches this summer, Mayor John G. Ducey is disappointed with the scheduling of the project.
“We are nearly five years removed from Sandy and the residents of Brick have been waiting for this project. We have many people that voluntarily signed easements and have fully cooperated with the NJDEP and Army Corps,” said Mayor Ducey. “It does not sit well that there are holdouts that will be replenished before the vulnerable beaches in Brick. Every storm the steel wall is exposed and takes more of a beating and ultimately will not last as long as predicted by the State.” The replenishment project will begin in Mantoloking in July, with Seaside Heights (September – October) and Seaside Park (October – December) to follow.
The winter start means that the Township will have no choice but to create and maintain safe beach access points throughout the summer season. “Our staff has done a great job in providing residents with safe access to the ocean the past several years and we are confident that they will do a great job again this summer,” said Mayor Ducey.
The schedule for the replenishment is largely driven by where the sand is coming from. There are four (4) approved borrow sites for the project and the distance from the beaches to the borrow sites determines what equipment is needed. Brick Township’s section requires a hopper dredge and will be the second area done with this equipment.
While Mayor Ducey appreciates the logistical requirements of the project, he is disappointed that Brick Township will remain vulnerable until December. “From a technical perspective, we understand the equipment needs and proximity to borrow sites, but to have communities on either side receiving sand and we are not receiving it until after the 2017 hurricane season makes no sense.”
Brick Township’s project will require 1.6 million cubic yards of sand. When underway, the contractor will complete approximately 100 to 200 linear feet a day. A buffer of 1,000 feet to the north and south will be closed to the public while the project is being done.
As part of the contract, crossovers will be constructed within two weeks of the placement of sand.
Mayor Ducey is looking forward to the completion of the project. “Again, it has been almost five years since Sandy devastated the Jersey Shore. This will be the fifth summer and the fifth hurricane season our residents will have endured without a fully replenished beach. It is comforting to know it will be their last,” said the Mayor.