Work is underway to replenish Ortley Beach, which was particularly hard hit by Superstorm Sandy.
“Ortley is one of the most vulnerable sections of the coast right now,” said Bill Dixon, director of coastal engineering with the state Department of Environmental Protection. “So we’re basically widening the beach. It’s basically providing a buffer.”
Crews are dredging 267,000 cubic yards of sand from the ocean floor to make a 125-foot wide beach; in places, it will be up to 300 feet wide. The work is part of a $128 million beach replenishment project in the region.
After this phase of the project, which is scheduled to last two weeks, crews will move on to Lavalette. They will return to Ortley Beach after the summer season to build 20-foot dunes.
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