The Borough of Avalon has scheduled a community meeting on Saturday, June 21, to discuss an upcoming multi-year dredging project in the community. The meeting will be held at the Avalon Elementary School gymnasium starting at 11:00am.
“This is the largest infrastructure project the Borough has initiated since the revitalization of the Dune Drive business district,” said Avalon Mayor Martin Pagliughi. “We want to provide as much information as possible for our property owners about the dredging project and how waterfront property owners can participate by having their private slips dredged at their expense.”
The presentation will begin with opening comments by Mayor Pagliughi. Avalon Municipal Engineer Thomas Thornton from Hatch Mott MacDonald will make a presentation to the public regarding the scope and timeline of the dredging operation. Thornton will also discuss the options available to waterfront property owners regarding the dredging of their private slips in the scope of the project area.
Avalon is in the process of securing the permits needed for the dredging project which is expected to begin after Labor Day weekend, 2014. The dredging project will take at least two years to complete and will result in nearly 120,000 cubic yards of material being placed on Graven’s Island, west of Avalon and south of Avalon Boulevard in Middle Township. The Borough-owned island is currently being offloaded as dredge material is being mechanically removed in advance of this dredging project. To date, approximately 60% of the material has already been removed from Graven’s Island.
In September, 2014, the actual dredging project will begin. The Borough and the State of New Jersey have identified the following areas to receive dredging: Porpoise Lagoon, Cornell/Pennsylvania/Princeton Harbors, Third Avenue Waterway (Avalon Canal), 54th Street Marina, Oler’s/Graven’s Thoroughfare (state channel), Long Reach (state channel), Whale Harbor (state channel), and Sterback Harbor (Avalon Manor, Middle Township). The most severely shoaled channels will be dredged in the fall of 2014. During this project, approximately 120,000 cubic yards of material will be dredged out of these channels to a depth of six feet below mean low water.
The Borough intends to enter into two partnerships in order to offset expenses related to the project. Mayor Pagliughi and Avalon Borough Council have successfully secured funding from the State of New Jersey to dredge the aforementioned State channels. Funding of approximately $2 million is coming from the New Jersey Department of Transportation to finance this initiative. Middle Township will finance all of the dredging operations in Sterbeck Harbor and assist with defraying some of the project’s overall costs.
Press Release, June 16, 2014