USA: Corps Awards Long Branch Replenishment Contract

The New York District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded a $40,067,500 contract on August 16, 2013 to Manson Construction for beach replenishment at Long Branch, N.J.

The Long Branch contract is one of four separate contracts that together cover the Sea Bright to Manasquan project area.

The contract will cover an area between Sevens Presidents Park southward to the north of Lake Takanassee in Long Branch. Work will begin after Labor Day for the placement of an estimated 3.3 million cubic yards of sand throughout this reach.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is committed to restoring the beaches from Sea Bright to Manasquan, New Jersey, providing beach erosion control and storm risk reduction to these coastal areas,” said Col. Paul E. Owen, the Army Corps’ New York District Commander.

“The Corps’ previously constructed beach erosion control and storm risk reduction project along the Atlantic Coast of New Jersey from Sea Bright to Manasquan was significantly damaged when Hurricane Sandy caused severe beach erosion resulting in the loss of roughly 5 million cubic yards of sand in the project area,” said Jenifer Thalhauser, the Army Corps’ New York District Project Manager.

These types of beach restoration projects involve large pipes and heavy machinery and the Corps must ensure that work is performed in a safe and responsible manner that limits risks to the public. The Corps makes every effort to limit impacts to recreation from ongoing work without compromising public safety. There will likely be rolling closures of roughly 1000 foot wide sections of beach where construction work is ongoing. Closures are closely coordinated with local municipalities and the State of New Jersey.

Press Release, August 17, 2013

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