New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) said that a navigation dredging project in the Manasquan River complex in Monmouth and Ocean counties will start next week.
The $7.2 million project will restore eight channels to a state of good repair to provide boaters safe access for enhanced recreational and economic activity.
This project includes dredging the Sawmill Creek Riviera Beach, Glimmer Glass, Watson’s Creek, Sherman’s Creek, Wills Hole Thorofare, Manasquan Yacht Club, Clarke’s Landing and Debbie’s Creek Channels.
The dredging program will remove approximately 88,000 cubic yards of material from the channels.
Sawmill Creek Riviera Beach, Glimmer Glass, Watson’s Creek, Sherman’s Creek channels will be restored to an authorized depth of 7 feet below Mean Low Water.
Manasquan Yacht Club, Clarke’s Landing and Debbie’s Creek Channels will be restored to a depth of 6 feet below Mean Low Water, and Wills Hole Thorofare Channel will be restored to depth of 14 feet below Mean Low Water.
NJDOT’s contractor, H&L Contracting LLC., is expected to begin dredging Wills Hole Thorofare on Tuesday, August 4.
The project will utilize both hydraulic and mechanical dredging methods and the material will be taken to two locations.
The first placement location will be at the Dog Beach at Fisherman’s Cove Conservation Area, where 30,000 CY of beach-quality sand from Wills Hole Thorofare Channel will be placed.
The sand will be hydraulically pumped on to the beach, and a bulldozer will be used to grade the material into place.