The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Philadelphia District, has just awarded a $128.17 million contract to Great Lakes Dredge and Dock, Co., LLC, Oak Brook, Illinois for the Long Beach Island shore protection project.
GLDD won the contract, with options, for beachfill and completion of initial construction, from Barnegat Inlet to Little Egg Inlet, Long Beach Island, New Jersey, with an estimated completion date of August 11, 2017, according to the defense.gov
Long Beach Island is an 18-mile barrier island in southern Ocean County, New Jersey. This area regularly suffers damages from coastal storms, hurricanes and northeasters. The shore protection project is designed to reduce erosion and property damages associated with these events.
A Feasibility Report Completed in September of 1999 recommended a 22 foot high dune with a 125 foot long berm at an elevation of 8 feet above the water line to protect the island from wave and storm damage.
Approximately 11,000,000 cubic yards of sand was planed for the initial construction. A periodic nourishment cycle will contribute an additional 2,000,000 cubic yards every 7 years.
Dredging Today Staff