Sandy relief funds for flood-mitigation projects are starting to add up. Earlier this week it was $400,000 for a study on where to find sand, last week it was $23 million for removing sand from waterways, rebuilding the Ocean Grove boardwalk, and repairing the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission pump station.
Yesterday, it was $17.7 million for a contract to deliver that sand to the Port Monmouth section of Middletown.
The Army Corps of Engineers was awarded the sum in order to replenish the beach, construct dunes and jetties, and extend the pier that was severely damaged by superstorm Sandy. Work is expected to begin next month.
U.S. Sens. Robert Menendez and Cory Booker announced the project, which they said was just the first phase of a larger flood control plan that includes levees, floodwalls, pumping station, and tide gate that would ensure the area is better protected against flooding.