Avalon Mayor Martin Pagliughi has just announced that the massive beach fill project will begin in the Borough before the end of January.
The project, one of the largest in the Avalon history, is set to begin in the coming weeks. According to Pagliughi, the works will restore the north end beaches in the Borough to their full federal template.
The contract has been awarded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company, which will use the dredge “Texas” to perform this nourishment.
Mobilization for the beach fill project is expected to begin before the end of January with the beach fill project starting in Stone Harbor, and taking about four weeks to complete; following the Stone Harbor project, the hydraulic pumping of sand from Townsend’s Inlet onto the Avalon beaches will begin in February.
During the works, around 940,000 cubic yards of sand will be pumped on the Borough’s north end beaches from 9th Street south to just north of 38th Street. The actual quantity of sand needed to restore the beachfront to the federal template will be determined in the coming weeks.
Dredge “Texas” can produce a maximum volume of 50,000 cubic yards of sand per day, making this nearly a month-long project. Sand pumping could begin in Stone Harbor as early as January 27th.
This project also includes repair work to Avalon dunes and crossovers on beach paths. There will be intermittent beach closings stretching about 1,000 feet as this work is being conducted.