The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District awarded a $25.3 million contract to Dutra Dredging Company of San Rafael, California, to place approximately 1.5 million cubic yards of sand to restore New Jersey beaches from Belmar to Manasquan as part of an emergency shore protection project which repairs and restores previously constructed beach erosion control and storm damage reduction projects throughout the region affected by Hurricane Sandy.
The contract is the second of four for restoration of the entire Sea Bright to Manasquan project area, with an estimated 8 million cubic yards of sand to be placed to restore the entire project area. The previously constructed beach erosion control and storm risk reduction project was constructed in the 1990s and completed in 2001 in partnership with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.
The roughly 1.5 million cubic yards of sand being placed on beaches from Belmar to Manasquan through this second contract will be dredged from a previously identified offshore borrow area. It will be placed on beaches in the communities of Belmar, Spring Lake, Sea Girt and Manasquan north of the Manasquan Inlet.
The contract was awarded in July and construction work on the Belmar to Manasquan contract will likely begin by the end of August or in early September and completed in this winter.
“The Army Corps of Engineers is excited to award this contract for emergency beach replenishment from Belmar to Manasquan which will mitigate the impacts of future storms,” said New York District Commander Col. Paul E. Owen. “With this second contract of four we’re continuing to restore the many beaches from Sea Bright to Manasquan and we hope that in addition to providing beach erosion control and storm risk reduction that this work also helps the region heal by restoring an important and central element to these coastal communities.”
Press Release, August 18, 2013