The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers started beach replenishment works in Deal, Allenhurst and Loch Arbour last week.
The project operations officially kicked off in Loch Arbour and continue north. It will conclude by March 1 if there are no weather or mechanical delays.
The Army Corps may also exercise an option to continue further north and replenish the Elberon section of Long Branch, said NJ Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. in his latest announcement.
In preparation for this project, Pallone worked with the Army Corps and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to develop a plan to allow for timely distribution of sand.
As a result of Congressman Pallone’s advocacy, the beach replenishment projects will restore more than 1.1 million cubic yards of sand to the towns’ beaches.
The federal investment in the project is $16.9 million, which is 65% of the total cost. A combination of state and local funds will make up the remaining cost.
“Beach replenishment is critical to our beaches and communities along the Jersey Shore,” Pallone said.
“Coastal restoration projects like beach replenishment ensure that our beaches and infrastructure remain resilient to bad weather events. Beach replenishment will make sure our beautiful beaches will remain safe and enjoyable for residents and tourists for years to come.”