Avalon/Stone Harbor Beach Fill Update March 28, 2017

The Avalon Beach Fill project continued Monday night into Tuesday morning with the dredge “Texas” pumping sand out of Townsend’s Inlet onto the north end beaches.  As of this morning, beaches from 9th Street south to 15th Street are closed in Avalon for the construction work.  The dredge is expected to remain in Avalon this week before departing for Cape May to finish a job there; the dredge will likely return to Avalon in mid to late April.

Avalon/Stone Harbor Beach Fill Update March 25, 2017

Please be advised that there is no access to the Avalon beachfront from 9th Street south to 14th Street as Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company continues to spread sand on the north end beaches as part of our major beach fill effort.  Please obey all instructions provided by safety teams on the Avalon beach.  The dredge is still expected to be in Avalon up until next weekend before it departs to Cape May to finish a project for that city.

Avalon/Stone Harbor Beach Fill Update March 23, 2017

Avalon and Stone Harbor officials attended the weekly beach fill project progress meeting in Avalon on Thursday, March 23rd.  Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company reports that the dredge “Texas” has placed 230,000 cubic yards of sand on the north end beaches in Avalon as of midnight last night.  This beach fill requires 940,000 cubic yards of sand to be placed in the project area from 9th Street south to the northern limits of 30th Street.  That leaves a volume of 710,000 cubic yards of sand to be placed on the Avalon beachfront which is essentially 24 days of work.

The United States Army Corps of Engineers and Great Lakes announced at the meeting that there will be work conducted on the Avalon beaches (weather and equipment permitting) until the end of next week.  At that time, “Texas” will depart the Avalon work site to finish a beach fill project in Cape May.  The Cape May project has involved the dredge “Illinois” which will depart Cape May for a project in North Carolina.  The “Texas” must leave Avalon to complete the work still remaining in Cape May due to restrictions placed by the Fish and Wildlife Service before a piping plover restriction becomes effective.  It is necessary for Great Lakes to finish this project by April 19th in Cape May before the dredge comes back to Avalon to resume the Avalon beach fill project.  By contract, Great Lakes needs to finish the Avalon portion of this joint beach fill project by May 23rd, and finish the next phase of the project involving the very southerly limits of Avalon and northern Stone Harbor by June 22nd.  The dredge is expected to return to Avalon before the end of April and continue pumping sand until the project is complete in advance of the May 23rd deadline.   This will result in the beach fill being temporarily suspended in Avalon on or about 15th or 16th street beaches.

Crossovers to the beaches on beaches that have already been filled to the federal template will be repaired by Walters Marine, who is performing the crossover/fence/sand fence portion of this federal project.  The crossovers will not be repaired for the rest of the project until the beach is built in front of the beachfront.

The Corps and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection will both be coordinating the return of the “Texas” back to Avalon upon the completion of the work in Cape May.  Avalon, Stone Harbor, and all coastal communities have a past practice of working together to make sure that beach projects are coordinated and completed with the available equipment and with the various restrictions and interruptions that can include environmental concerns, unsafe weather conditions, and mechanical issues on the dredges.

Avalon will continue to provide updates on this website when necessary.

Avalon/Stone Harbor Beach Fill Update March 22, 2017

The beach fill project is currently on the north end beaches of Avalon.  Beaches are closed in Avalon from 9th Street to 13th Street due to the construction activity on the beach.  All members of the public, including surfers, will not be able to access the beach at those locations.  Follow all safety instructions provided by safety crews with Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company, and do not drive on those beach paths.  A problem with an anchor cable temporarily halted the beach fill project Tuesday night into Wednesday, but that problem was corrected.  Over 130,000 cubic yards of sand have been placed on the beach and the project continues to move in a southerly direction.

Avalon/Stone Harbor Beach Fill Update March 16, 2017

The Avalon beach fill project is expected to resume this weekend.  Avalon Business Administrator Scott Wahl, Public Works Director Bill Macomber, and Engineer Thomas Thornton attended a progress meeting on March 16th.  The dredge “Texas” is expected to be back at Townsend’s Inlet on Thursday and resume pumping sand on Friday.  The dredge was moved to safe harbor due to the coastal storm that impacted the region on Tuesday.

To date, 135,112 cubic yards of sand has been placed on the north end beaches near 9th Street.  Beaches from 9-12th street remain closed due to the construction area and unsafe conditions.  The Avalon portion of the beach fill project has approximately 32 days remaining; that schedule is also dependent on safe weather conditions and the mechanical condition of the dredge.  A post-storm survey is being conducted on March 16th to assess the damage created by Tuesday’s coastal storm.  There is the potential for 8 foot seas on Sunday which may suspend the beach fill for about a day.  The dredge will resume pumping sand around Noontime on Friday.

Beach crossover work will begin on the repaired beaches in Avalon in approximately ten days.  The work crew will repair the crossovers as the new beach is being built.  In Stone Harbor, crossovers have been repaired as far as the 104th Street beach, by the end of the day on March 16th.

There is another component to this beach fill project.  Avalon’s beaches from 77th Street south to 80th Street will be repaired, along with some north end beaches in Stone Harbor.  When the bulk of the Avalon beach fill project ends in approximately five weeks, there will be a two day start to the next phase of the project.  The sand will be placed on the Avalon beachfront first, before the work is conducted in Stone Harbor.  The dredge pipe will be submerged from Townsend’s Inlet in the ocean to the landing zone located at the 83rd Street beach in Stone Harbor.  The project in southern Avalon should take no more than three days to complete after it begins.

Please follow all instructions provided by safety crews with Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company on our local beaches.  Do not access the beach where beach paths are closed to the public.  Avalon expects to have all beaches repaired and crossovers constructed well in advance of Memorial Day weekend.

Avalon/Stone Harbor Beach Fill Update March 13, 2017

The Avalon beach fill project has been suspended due to the upcoming coastal storm.  The dredge “Texas” from Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company had no issues pumping sand Sunday evening through Monday morning.  At 6:00am Monday, the dredging operation was suspended so the “Texas” can find safe harbor from the upcoming storm which will produce strong winds and significant wave action.  Currently, beaches between 9th through 12th streets remain closed to the public as heavy equipment is on the beach for the dredging project.  It will resume when it is safe to bring the “Texas” back to Townsend’s Inlet.

Avalon/Stone Harbor Beach Fill:  Project Begins in Avalon, Two Beaches Closed-March 12, 2017

The 2017 beach fill project in Avalon is underway.  The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection reports that the project began this weekend and as of Sunday morning, March 12th, the 9th-10th street beaches in Avalon are closed to the public.  There have been no issues moving equipment from Stone Harbor to Avalon or with the fill.  The project may be suspended for a few-several days due to the coastal storm that will impact our region Monday night into Tuesday.

Avalon/Stone Harbor Beach Fill:  Drone Flyover of the Avalon Beaches Before the Project Begins

The Borough of Avalon has conducted a drone flyover of the north end beaches of Avalon in advance of our beach fill project which will result in 940,000 cubic yards of new sand to be placed on the beaches from 9th Street south to the northerly limits of 30th Street. Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company, LLC of Illinois is using the dredge “Texas” to conduct this beach fill project, which is a joint partnership with the United States Army Corps of Engineers, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and the Borough of Stone Harbor.

This video was conducted on Sunday, March 5th at an altitude of approximately 400 feet. Avalon will fly the beaches a few additional times during the progression of the project, and fly the beach a final time when the project is completed. Continue to follow the beach fill progress on the special 2017 Beach Fill Project link on the front page of the municipal website, www.avalonboro.net

Here is the video of the initial flyover of the Avalon beach project area: https://youtu.be/gEwnIInpUg4

Avalon/Stone Harbor Beach Fill Update March 9, 2017

Avalon officials attended the weekly progress meeting on the Avalon/Stone Harbor beach fill project on Thursday, March 9th.  The southerly portion of the Stone Harbor project was completed on Tuesday, March 7th at 3:00am.  The dredge “Texas” was towed to Cape May for routine repair work.  It is possible the “Texas” could leave the Cape May Inlet on Thursday afternoon, March 7th if conditions are favorable.  The “Texas” will arrive in Townsend’s Inlet where the beach project will begin in the coming days.

394,000 cubic yards of sand have been placed on the Stone Harbor beaches.  Avalon’s project will include 940,000 cubic yards of sand to be dredged and placed on the beaches from 9th Street south to the northerly limits of 30th Street.  This project is expected to take between 30-40 days to complete, and should be wrapped up before the end of April, conditions permitting.  The daily production rate of the “Texas” can exceed 20,000 cubic yards of material for the beach.  The new beach will also include new crossovers, fencing, and eventually a dune grass planting.  Equipment is being moved along the Avalon beach and is being taken to the staging area on the northerly limits of the project.  The dredge pipe will move in a north to south direction until the project is completed.  At any time, about 1,000 feet of Avalon beach front will be closed in the immediate construction area for safety reasons.  As the project moves to the south, beaches that have been filled will be re-opened, with sand crossovers on the dredge pipe.  The beach access ramp at 20th Street will be used to bring various equipment to the beach.  The project will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week and will only stop for unsafe weather conditions or a mechanical issue on the dredge itself.

174 pieces of dredge pipe will be used  for this project.  Great Lakes Dredge and Dock company will be moving equipment along the beach until March 15th when the environmental restrictions are in place on a portion of Avalon’s central beachfront.  There is an RFP being considered by the United States Army Corps of Engineers that may result in an additional 340,000 cubic yards of sand to be placed on Avalon’s beaches from 77th Street to 80th Street, and in northern Stone Harbor.  That work would be conducted in May, 2017 and extend south to 105th Street.  The Avalon portion of this extra project would be completed first, with only a few days of pumping necessary.

The Borough of Avalon has saved several million dollars on this project due to partnerships with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the United States Army Corps of Engineers.  Avalon’s contribution on this project will be far south of $1 million and result in one of the largest beach fills in Borough history.

Avalon/Stone Harbor Beach Fill Update March 7, 2017

The Avalon/Stone Harbor beach fill project has taken a significant step towards Avalon today.  The initial beach fill operation in Stone Harbor has been shut down and will be moving to the Borough of Avalon in the coming days.  Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company’s dredge, “Texas” was pumping material Monday night when there was a mechanical breakdown of the cutting wheel.  The dredge is expected to be towed to Cape May for repair, and then proceed north to Townsend’s Inlet.  The piping that has been in place on the Stone Harbor beachfront is being flushed clean for dismantlement and relocation to Avalon.

The Avalon portion of the beach fill project will include 940,000 cubic yards of material to be placed on the beaches from 9th Street south to the northern limits of 30th Street, according to the current template.  As of last Thursday, only 1800 linear feet of beach needed to be pumped in Stone Harbor’s initial phase of the project in order for the dredge to be moved to Townsend’s Inlet.  The production rate on the dredge is approximately 20,000 cubic yards per day.  It is anticipated that the Avalon portion of the beach fill project will extend to mid or late April.  The project timeline may be extended due to unsafe weather conditions or mechanical issues with the dredge.

The United States Army Corps of Engineers has issued a Request for Proposal from Great Lakes for an additional 320,000 cubic yards of sand to be placed on the northerly Stone Harbor beaches, and also on the Avalon beachfront from 76th Street to 80th Street.  When this project occurs, it will very likely begin with the Avalon beaches being pumped first, with the landing area for the dredge pipe to be in Stone Harbor, south of the 80th Street border where there are hotels and a recreational area in Stone Harbor.  Due diligence by the Corps and by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has resulted in an expanded borrow area in Townsend’s Inlet that was necessitated by what Avalon and Stone Harbor believes was the erroneous application of the Coastal Barriers Resources Act and by an obstruction found underwater on the edge of the borrow zone.  Dredge pipe has been run over the 8th Street Jetty and various equipment is on the Avalon beach waiting for the arrival of the “Texas”.

Avalon/Stone Harbor Beach Fill Update March 2, 2017

Avalon has significant news to report regarding the Borough’s beach fill project.  Avalon Business Administrator Scott Wahl and Municipal Engineer Tom Thornton attended the weekly progress meeting on Thursday, March 2 in the Stone Harbor Fire House.  Officials from the United States Army Corps of Engineers, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company announced that the beach fill in Stone Harbor has been progressing and now there are only 160,000 cubic yards of sand to be placed on approximately 1,800 linear feet in Stone Harbor before the beach fill operations leave Stone Harbor and come to the Borough of Avalon.

During the Stone Harbor portion of the project, Great Lakes is stockpiling sand on the beach that will be used to reconstruct crossovers to allow for public access.  The beach fill project in Stone Harbor’s initial phase will be slightly shorter, but wider which will provide more protection for the community.  Stone Harbor’s portion of the project should finish in approximately seven to ten days barring any major weather concerns or mechanical failure on the dredge “Texas”.  At that point, the “Texas” will be moved to Townsend’s Inlet for the Avalon portion of the project.  The daily production rate of the “Texas” is approximately 20,000 cubic yards to date, but that production level is expected to increase in the coming weeks and for the Avalon portion of the project.

A Request for Proposal has been requested from Great Lakes for an additional 320,000 cubic yards of sand that would be financed through emergency FCCE funding obtained by the federal government.  This funding would also provide a new beach for Avalon from 76th Street to 80th Street.  The majority of the Avalon beach fill project will run from 9th Street south to the northerly limits of 30th Street.  In preparation for the Avalon portion of the beach fill, the dredge pipe has already been placed on the 8th Street Jetty.  An additional 500 feet of subline still needs to be added to conduct the dredging in Avalon.  Over the next week, more dredge pipe and equipment will move from Stone Harbor to Avalon for this beach fill project.  It is anticipated to begin in Avalon on or about March 15th.

There have been no safety issues nor any injuries to any of the crew during this beach fill project to date.

Avalon/Stone Harbor Beach Fill Update February 24, 2017

Avalon and Stone Harbor officials attended the weekly progress meeting on the Avalon and Stone Harbor beach fill project.  The project continues today in Stone Harbor and some touch up work in Stone Harbor’s initial phases of the beach fill will be completed today and the pipeline will then be moved to place sand in a northerly direction.  In the next two weeks, Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company will begin mobilizing some pipeline and equipment to Avalon.  The Avalon portion of the project is expected to begin sometime during the second week of March, with March 15th being a potential target date.

At that point, the beach fill will start at 9th Street and progress southbound to the northerly limits of 30th Street.  Avalon will be getting 920,000 cubic yards of sand from Townsend’s Inlet, which will represent one of the largest beach fills in Borough history.  It is anticipated that Great Lakes will complete the initial phase of the Stone Harbor project in about a week’s time; at that point, the dredge will be moved to Townsend’s Inlet, subline placed, and work begins to prepare the Borough for its beach fill.

At any time, about 1,000 feet of beach will be closed to the public in the area where the sand is being pumped onto the beaches.  In Avalon, many of the dune crossover paths to the beach have been eliminated by prior coastal storms, so access to the beach is not possible.  During this project, various crossovers will be rebuilt to regain beach access.  Later in the project, dune grass will be planted.  The Avalon portion of the project is anticipated to take approximately 37 days.  When Avalon’s work is done, additional work is expected in Stone Harbor that could take until late May to mid June to complete.

Avalon/Stone Harbor Beach Fill Update February 23, 2017

The beach fill project in Stone Harbor continues to make progress.  As of Wednesday, February 22nd, at 10:00pm, the southern most limit of the Stone Harbor project was complete.  The dredge remains near Stone Harbor with the work now progressing northbound from the landing zone of the dredge pipe.  Once the pipeline is established and filtration screens are in place, dredging will resume in a northerly direction on Stone Harbor’s southerly beaches.  Fencing is also being installed for the protection of the public and the crews.  Once this portion of the Stone Harbor project is completed, the dredge “Texas” will move to Townsend’s Inlet to conduct Avalon’s portion of the project from 9th Street south to the northerly limit of the 30th Street beach.  940,000 cubic yards of sand will be placed in Avalon.  About 1,000 feet of beach will be closed at any time.  Once the beach fill begins to move along the beachfront, blocks that were closed will open again with sand crossovers of the pipe being made available to the public to use the beach.  The Avalon portion of the project is estimated to take approximately 37 days.

A progress meeting will be held on Friday, February 24th where more information will be made available to the Borough.

Avalon/Stone Harbor Beach Fill Update February 16th, 2017

The Seven Mile Beach Fill Project is officially underway.  The dredge “Texas” was moved in position and began the beach fill project then had to stop for a mechanical issue as the cutter head on the dredge became loose.  The dredge was taken back to Cape May, the repair was made, the dredge returned to near Stone Harbor.  The actual dredging of sand on Stone Harbor’s beaches began again on Thursday, February 16th, at 12:15am.  It has operated uninterrupted since then.  Approximately 400 feet of beachfront was filled by the dredge; this rate is accelerated at the beginning of a beach fill due to a “thin” layer of sand before a thicker beach is formed.  The southern Stone Harbor beach is being filled to the south, then the pipe is flipped to the north and will continue in a northerly direction for about three weeks.  At the conclusion of this portion of the Stone Harbor beach fill, the dredge moves to Townsend’s Inlet for the Avalon portion of the project.

Avalon’s portion of the project is anticipated to start in about three weeks, on or about March 10th-15th.  Avalon has received confirmation that 940,000 cubic yards of sand  will be placed on the beaches from 9th Street south to the northern limits of 30th Street.  This will be one of the largest beach fill projects in the Borough’s long history of beach maintenance.

At the weekly progress meeting, Stone Harbor brought up the issue of a polar plunge special event to be held on March 11th at the 96th Street beach, possibly close to the area where the dredge may be working, if the work continues in Stone Harbor until that date.  The USACOE confirmed that if participants enter the beach at 95th Street, there will be no conflict with the dredge project.

The Corps and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection continue to work on issues involving the application of the Coastal Barrier Resources Act which prevents federal dollars from being used to remove sand from Hereford Inlet.  Both Avalon and Stone Harbor are in agreement that this has been misapplied and emergency provisions in the Act have been ignored.  The agencies continue to work on financial and sand volume issues.  As of now, sand for the second phase of Stone Harbor’s project would have to be removed from Townsend’s Inlet and pumped onto the Borough’s beaches via a submerged pipeline which adds millions of dollars in federal allocation to this project.  There is more than enough available sand in Hereford Inlet that would satisfy Stone Harbor’s portion of the project if CBRA was not applied by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Avalon/Stone Harbor Beach Fill Update February 13th, 2017

Due to strong winds associated with a departing storm, the dredge “Texas” was not in position near Hereford Inlet on Sunday due to safety concerns.  The High Wind Warning expires Monday, February 13th at which time the dredge will be positioned and the beach fill project is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, February 14th.

Avalon/Stone Harbor Beach Fill Update February 9th, 2017

Municipal officials from both Avalon and Stone Harbor attended the weekly progress meeting on the upcoming Avalon and Stone Harbor beach fill project on February 9th at the Stone Harbor Fire Department.  Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company, LLC of Illinois has been awarded the contract to conduct the beach fill project for both communities.

The dredge “Texas” will be used to conduct this major resiliency project for the 7 Mile Island.  Due to the winter storm that brought high winds to the area on February 9th, the “Texas” is slightly delayed arriving in our area.  It is likely that the “Texas” will arrive in Cape May on Saturday, and be mobilized near Hereford Inlet on Sunday morning, February 12th, with dredging operations to begin on Sunday afternoon.  Various safety meetings and inspections will held in advance of the “Texas” pumping sand from the Inlet onto the southern Stone Harbor beachfront.

The beach fill project will run 24 hours a day, seven days a week and will only stop for unsafe weather conditions or mechanical failure.  A portion of the Stone Harbor beach fill will be held first and should take about a month to complete.  The dredge will then mobilize to Townsend’s Inlet near Avalon in the middle of March and will begin one of the largest beach fill projects in the Borough’s history.  This project will result in 940,000 cubic yards of sand being pumped onto the Avalon beachfront from 9th Street south to 30th Street.  This will repair exceptional sand loss that occurred during coastal storms from Fall, 2016 through the January, 2017 nor’easter event in Avalon.

The projected completion date of the Stone Harbor and Avalon beach fill project is anticipated to be on or about April 19th, 2017.  The United States Army Corps of Engineers is negotiating with Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company, LLC on an additional portion of the project that would encumber emergency FCCE funding to place an additional 320,000 cubic yards of sand on Stone Harbor’s northern beaches and from 76th Street to 80th Street in Avalon.  If this portion of the project is awarded, the entire beach fill project would conclude on or about June 17th, 2017.  If this additional contract is awarded, a submerged pipeline would run out of Townsend’s Inlet with a landing zone south of 80th Street on the Avalon/Stone Harbor border due to the existence of hotels north of 80th Street in Avalon.  The only pipe that would be used on the beach for this additional project would extend from where the submerged pipe comes to shore.

Avalon will continue to provide updates on this beach fill project at least on a weekly basis and more frequently when warranted.

Avalon/Stone Harbor Beach Fill Update February 2nd, 2017

Officials from Avalon and Stone Harbor attended the weekly progress meeting for the upcoming beach fill project at the Stone Harbor Firehouse on Thursday, February 2nd.  In attendance from Avalon were Business Administrator Scott Wahl and Engineer Steve Morey from Mott MacDonald.  In attendance from Stone Harbor were Councilwomen Karen Lane and Joselyn Rich, Business Administrator Jill Gougher, Public Works Director Grant Russ, and Engineer Marc DiBlasio.  Representatives from the United States Army Corps of Engineers, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company, LLC were also in attendance.

The dredge “Texas” will be finishing up some emergency work in the Christiana River likely by Sunday, February 5th.  Once that work is completed, the “Texas” will make its way to Hereford Inlet near Stone Harbor to begin the actual beach fill work.  The anticipated start date of the actual dredging is February 12th, 2017.  The project will begin in Stone Harbor and pump sand from Hereford Inlet from the south end of Stone Harbor to 105th Street.  Then, the dredge will be mobilized to Townsend’s Inlet to conduct a major beach fill project in Avalon anticipated to run from 9th Street to the northern limits of 30th Street.

Stone Harbor’s initial portion of the project is anticipated to place 390,000 cubic yards of sand on the Borough’s beachfront.  If all of the options are awarded and emergency federal funding courtesy of FCCE is awarded in Avalon, Avalon’s base bid with all options will be in the neighborhood of 940,000 cubic yards.  Some additional federal emergency funding is likely going to be awarded that will the northern Stone Harbor beaches, along with Avalon’s beaches from 76th Street to 80th Street.  That will occur after the major Avalon beach fill and is dependent on a reasonable quote from Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company; a quote for the work is expected in the coming days and will be presented to the United States Army Corps of Engineers.

Much heavy equipment will be arriving over the next couple of weeks, including the “Texas”.  A crew boat called “Swift Runner” will be arriving in Stone Harbor in the next few days.  Various bulldozers, excavators, anchor barges, etc. are arriving in Stone Harbor for the project.  When Avalon’s portion of the project begins, the likely staging areas for equipment will be near the 8th Street Jetty on the beach, and some equipment may be stored at the vehicular beach access path at 32nd Street, on the beach.  Avalon has asked Great Lakes not to use the northerly parking lot on the north side of Community Hall since it was recently repaved.

Approximately 1.3 million cubic yards of sand will be removed from Townsend’s Inlet during this project, with much of the sand being dedicated to the Avalon portion of the project, and the remaining sand to be used for the northerly limits of Stone Harbor’s beach fill.  There is adequate sand in Townsend’s Inlet to complete all of this project.

Various surveys and required documents have been completed to prepare this beach fill for launch.  Surveys have been taken of the beaches following the nor’easter that visited both communities early last week.

 

Councilman James Deever discussing the Avalon Beach Fill project with the United States Army Corps of Engineers on January 26th, 2017.

Avalon/Stone Harbor Beach Fill Project Update January 26, 2017

Representatives from Avalon and Stone Harbor attended the weekly beach fill progress meeting on Thursday, January 26th, at the Stone Harbor firehouse.  In attendance from Avalon were Councilman James Deever, Business Administrator Scott Wahl, and Engineer Tom Thornton.  Among those in attendance in Stone Harbor were Mayor Judith Davies-Dunhour, Councilwoman Joselyn Rich, and Business Administrator Jill Gougher.

The United State Army Corps of Engineers announced that the tentative start date of sand being dredged from Hereford Inlet onto Stone Harbor’s beaches is expected to begin on or about February 7th.  The dredge “Texas” from Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company is currently in the Philadelphia area and was not able to come to the Jersey Shore this week due to rough seas created by Monday’s coastal storm event.  The “Texas” is expected to perform about one week worth of emergency dredge work in the Christiana River near Wilmington before coming to the 7 Mile Beach for the project.  In advance of the dredge’s arrival, various heavy equipment has already been mobilized to both communities.  Approximately 4,000 additional feet of pipe is expected to arrive in Stone Harbor for the project.

Stone Harbor’s beach fill will begin first, with Avalon’s beach fill being conducted after Stone Harbor.  It will take approximately 28 days to complete Stone Harbor’s portion of the project.  It is anticipated that FCCE money will be applied to both Avalon and Stone Harbor.  If applied, this will result in 940,000 cubic yards of sand to be placed on the Avalon beaches between 9th Street and the north end of 38th Street in order to restore the beachfront to the federal template.  The Avalon portion of the project will take approximately 37 days; dredging is often interrupted due to rough seas and any mechanical issues with the dredge.  It is anticipated that Avalon’s major portion of the beach fill will begin in early to mid March.

Councilman James Deever was informed at the meeting that if FCCE money is available for this project, it is also possible that beaches between 76th Street and 80th Street in Avalon may also receive sand before the northern portion of Stone Harbor’s project is completed, after the major work is completed in Avalon.  For this portion of the project, the dredge pipeline will be submerged, run on the east side of the 8th Street Jetty, and land on Avalon’s southerly beaches.

This project is a partnership between the United States Army Corps of Engineers, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and the Boroughs of Avalon and Stone Harbor.

The dredge “Texas” owned and operated by Great Lakes Dredge and Dock, LLC will be conducting the beach fill project in Avalon and Stone Harbor

Avalon/Stone Harbor Beach Fill Project Update January 19th, 2017

Officials from Avalon and Stone Harbor attended a progress meeting regarding the Avalon/Stone Harbor beach fill project.  This project is sponsored by the United States Army Corps of Engineers, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and by both communities.  In attendance were representatives from the four agencies, along with Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company, LLC which has been awarded the contract for the beach fill project.

Some heavy equipment has arrived in Stone Harbor for its portion of the project.  Stone Harbor’s beachfront will be constructed first, followed by Avalon.  A Notice to Proceed was issued to Great Lakes on January 16th, 2017.  Various equipment and materials are arriving at the 123rd Street parking lot in Stone Harbor, with submerged pipeline landing at 117th Street.  Approximately 4,000 feet of subline still needs to be put in place for the Stone Harbor portion of the project; that may be conducted, weather permitting from January 20th-22nd.

The actual start of the beach fill in Stone Harbor is anticipated to be January 27th, 2017.  However, this may be impacted for a few to several days due to two factors.  There will be stormy conditions with rain and rough seas during the early part of next week; the dredge “Texas”, which is being used for this project, may conduct several days of emergency repair work in the Philadelphia/Wilmington area before being mobilized to the 7 Mile Beach.  That could result in a start of the project towards the end of January.

It will take approximately 20 days of uninterrupted work to complete the Stone Harbor portion of the project.  Then, the “Texas” will move to Avalon to begin a massive beach fill project that is currently anticipated to start at 9th Street and go south to 30th Street.  The United States Army Corps of Engineers completed beach profile surveys on January 18th and the exact size and scope of the project will be forthcoming.  Agencies are also working on securing some emergency funding that will provide more sand for the Avalon beachfront.

This project is to repair damage to the Avalon beaches caused by an October, 2015 nor’easter event and Winter Storm Jonas in January, 2016.