$128 million

May 11, 2015 | Number of The Day
Amount of federal dollars to be spent on beach and dune replenishment on Long Beach Island

Just in time for the summer season, construction on beach and dune replenishment on Long Beach Island begins

Late last week, the Christie administration and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced that a $128 million contract to complete beach and dune projects for Long Beach Island is starting up.

The projects encompass 12.7 miles of beaches in Long Beach Township, Ship Bottom, Beach Haven, and part of Surf City. They will complete storm-damage reduction projects that were being built in phases prior to Sandy and will be 100 percent funded by the federal government.

Beach and dune systems will be built ranging from 325 feet to 415 feet wide, and a beach berm will be built up to approximately eight feet above seal level. The dune system behind the beach will be approximately 22 feet above sea level.

The work will be done in 1,000-foot increments in order to minimize disruptions. It will start in Ship Bottom and is expected to work itself to Long Beach by June; Beach Haven, the North Beach section of Long Beach, and Surf City and Loveladies are expected to be completed after the summer season.