Avalon/Stone Harbor Beach Fill Update May 24th, 10:00am

Note:  This is the 39th update provided by the Borough of Avalon regarding the progress of this beach fill project.

Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company announced that the beach fill operations in Avalon’s south end and Stone Harbor’s north end resumed on Tuesday, May 24th, at 2:06pm.  The dredge “Illinois” was brought from North Carolina to Townsend’s Inlet for the resumption of the project after the dredge “Texas” had to be removed again for mechanical issues.

Currently the landing zone for this final portion of the beach fill project remains on 84th Street in Stone Harbor.  The beach fill will move north into Avalon in front of the hotel district to the limits of 77th Street.  When that portion of the project is completed, the pipe will be removed from the beach and the beach fill will go from 84th Street south into Stone Harbor.  This portion of the project is expected to take 23 days to complete.

Currently, beaches are closed in Stone Harbor from 83rd Street south to 87th Street.  There are no beach closures in Avalon.  The northern Avalon beach fill project (9th Street south to the limits of 30th Street) are complete and all of those beaches are open and will remain open.  The three blocks of beach in Avalon (77th Street to 80th Street) are expected to experience closures in the coming days as the beach fill project enters its final stage.  The project is only stopped for mechanical issues or for unsafe weather conditions in the Inlet for the crew.

The Borough of Avalon has expressed to our partners regarding the impact on our southern three blocks of beaches.  Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company will work as quickly as possible, conditions permitting, to finish the Avalon portion of the beach fill.  There are approximately three days of work still to be done, including today.  Avalon will attend a progress meeting on Thursday at 10:00am in Stone Harbor to glean more information about the progress of this beach fill.  All announcements regarding beach closures and the progress of the fill will be made on this web page.

Avalon/Stone Harbor Beach Fill Update May 22nd, 2017, 6:24am

Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company announced that the dredge “Illinois” is being brought from North Carolina and should arrive in Townsend’s Inlet later in the day on Monday.  The “Illinois” will begin pumping the south Avalon/north Stone Harbor project starting something this evening, May 22nd.  The dredge “Texas” is in Cape May being repaired for a mechanical failure.

Avalon/Stone Harbor Beach Fill Update May 20th, 7:28am

Avalon learned early Saturday morning that Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company may bring a second dredge, the “Illinois” from North Carolina to Townsend’s Inlet Sunday, May 21st to complete the south Avalon/north Stone Harbor beach fill project.  When we receive firm information, we will post it.  The north end beach fill in Avalon is completed (see below for more information).

Avalon/Stone Harbor Beach Fill Update May 19th, 10:22am

Dredge “Texas” moves past Avalon’s 13th Street beach on Friday morning, May 19th.

Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company informed the Borough of Avalon that a thrust bearing on the main pump on the dredge “Texas” failed on Friday morning, May 19th.  The dredge is now being shipped to Cape May for repairs, which will take about a week to complete.  Avalon will post updates on the impact of this project in the south end of Avalon for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend as soon as they become available.

Avalon/Stone Harbor Beach Fill Update May 19th, 9:17am

Note: This is the 35th update from the Borough of Avalon on this project, dating back to January, 2017

The beach project in Avalon’s north end has concluded as pumping operations have ceased.  Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company will begin de-mobilizing equipment and pipe from the beach and use the 32nd Street beach path adjacent to the Beach Patrol building to move equipment off the beach.  The public is advised to follow all safety directions and advice provided by safety teams on the beach so this operation can occur without incident.  944,000 cubic yards of sand have been placed on the north end beaches in Avalon.

The FCCE project has begun in southern Avalon/northern Stone Harbor.  Great lakes has a submerged pipeline extending from Townsend’s Inlet to a landing zone on the 84th Street beach in Stone Harbor.  It is the intent of the contractor to pump sand from 84th Street north to the 77th Street beach in Avalon; this project, uninterrupted, will take approximately 2 1/2 days.  Then, the dredge pipe is switched to move in a southerly direction to fill the beaches in northern Stone Harbor.  Federal emergency funding is being used for this final phase of the project.

As of Friday, May 19th, at 9:00am the 22nd-25th street beach paths in Avalon are closed as crews finish the project in the north end; the beaches in Stone Harbor 82nd-85th Street are closed.  Beach paths in Avalon will close as the project moves north into the hotel district.  The contractor must maintain a 1,000 foot buffer around the construction zone for safety purposes.  Members of the public are not allowed to access the beaches where this activity is taking place.

The public may access any beaches in Avalon where beach paths are open and outside of the work zone.  Updates will posted as provided.

Avalon/Stone Harbor Beach Fill Update May 18th, 12:01pm

The 2017 Avalon beach fill project will finish ahead of schedule and be completed in advance of Memorial Day weekend.  Nearly 1 million cubic yards of sand has been placed on the Avalon beachfront in advance of Memorial Day weekend, and hurricane season which begins on June 1st.

“Resiliency and recreation are the two primary goals of a beach fill project, and both have been achieved in Avalon before the tourism season, and before hurricane season”, said Avalon Mayor Martin Pagliughi.  “We are grateful to the United States Army Corps of Engineers, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and our neighbors in Stone Harbor for participating in this major capital improvement project that has saved municipal taxpayers millions of dollars courtesy of our proactive approach to restoring the beaches”.

During the weekly project meeting held on Thursday, May 18th, Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company announced that only 8,000 cubic yards of sand remained to be placed on Avalon’s north end beaches.  This will result in a total of 944,000 cubic yards of sand placed between the 9th Street and 30th Street beaches in Avalon.  That work will conclude during the afternoon hours of May 18th.  During the evening hours, the final stage of the beach fill project will begin that will result in sand being placed in front of the hotel district from 77th Street to 80th Street, along with the northerly limits of Stone Harbor.  This additional volume in front of the hotel district will take approximately two and a half days to complete.

The beach project in southern Avalon and northern Stone Harbor will use a submerged pipeline that will be in the Atlantic Ocean pumping sand from the dredge “Texas” to the landing zone at Stone Harbor’s 84th Street beach.  The work in Avalon will be conducted first, and move south through Stone Harbor.  There will be approximately two blocks of beach closed in each direction as sand is pumped onto the southerly three blocks of beach front in Avalon.  The pipeline that exists on the beach in northern Avalon will be removed from the beach by Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company via the 32nd Street beach path.  Heavy equipment returns to Stone Harbor for the final stage of the project.  Beach paths in northern Avalon are being restored along with appropriate split rail fence and sand fence.

The final phase of the beach project will consist of 305,000 cubic yards of sand to be placed in southern Avalon and northern Stone Harbor.  The project will operate 24 hours and will only stop due to unsafe weather conditions or mechanical failure.

Avalon has received one its largest beach fill projects in history with a local contribution below $1 million.

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

The dredge “Texas” has returned to Townsend’s Inlet after being put in safe harbor in Cape May during the weekend storm event.  The dredge is expected to resume the Avalon beach fill around 10:00am today.  Currently, beach paths from 20th Street south to 24th Street are closed for pedestrian access.  Beaches north of the project area have been re-opened to the public with sand crossovers on the dredge pipe.  This portion of the Avalon project should wrap up this week; then, the dredge pipe will be removed from the Avalon beach.

Keep checking this link for updated information about the small beach fill project in the Avalon hotel district from 77th through 80th streets that could begin later this week, or this weekend.

Avalon/Stone Harbor Beach Fill Update May 12th, 2017

The “Texas” experienced a broken anchor line on Thursday, May 11th, at approximately 10:00pm.  The dredge had to stop pumping for safety reasons.  Due to the approaching rain storm and 10-foot seas, the “Texas” was supposed to stop pumping at Noon on Friday and move to safe harbor in Cape May.  Due to the broken anchor line, the dredge left Townsend’s Inlet late Thursday night to repair the line and get in to safe harbor about a half day early.  The “Texas” is expected to return to Townsend’s Inlet on Monday when seas subside.  Currently beach access points in Avalon that are closed due to the construction activity are 19th Street south to 23rd Street.

Avalon/Stone Harbor Beach Fill Update May 11th, 2017, 11:15am

Avalon held its weekly progress meeting with state and federal officials, and Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company on the morning of May 11th.  There has been much progress with the beach fill, with the construction zone centered on the 20th Street beach this morning.  Over 830,000 cubic yards of sand have been placed on the beach with only 100,000 cubic yards remaining in this main area of the project.  The dredge “Texas” will continue to work through the day on Thursday and until Friday at 12 Noon.  At that time, the “Texas” will leave Townsend’s Inlet for safe harbor in Cape May due to the approaching coastal storm that is expected to produce unsafe 10-foot seas in the Inlet.  While the “Texas” is in safe harbor, various repairs will be made on the dredge.  The “Texas” is expected to return to the Inlet Monday afternoon/evening and begin pumping sand again Monday evening/early Tuesday morning.

There are only two and a half days of pumping remaining for the “Texas” once it leaves Avalon on Friday.  The area of the beach fill from 20th Street south to 30th Street is much thinner than the northern limits of the project meaning production rate should be much quicker.  It is anticipated that this portion of the project will conclude on or about May 17th.  At that time, the dredge pipe will be removed from the beach and a combination of Corps’ contractors and the Avalon Department of Public Works will finish various crossovers needed in advance of Memorial Day weekend.

Once the “Texas” is finished with this portion of the beach fill, it will remain in Townsend’s Inlet for the final stage of the project, an FCCE beach fill that will include the southern most three blocks of beach in Avalon in the hotel district, and the northern Stone Harbor beaches.  There will be no pipe extending along the Avalon beach front as a second, submerged pipe is in place to run offshore and pump sand onto the southern Avalon/northern Stone Harbor beaches.  The landing zone for that dredge pipe will be on 84th Street in Stone Harbor.

The Avalon portion of that project will be done first, and should take only a day or two to complete.  It is anticipated that it will be conducted on or about May 18th-20th, depending on weather conditions.  During that time, the three blocks of Avalon beach where work will be done will be closed for safety reasons.  As soon as the Avalon beach is done between 77th and 80th Street, the pipe is removed from the beach, and the beach fill continues in a southerly direction through northern Stone Harbor.  95% of that sub line pipe has already been placed in the Atlantic Ocean by Great Lakes, so the down time between the Avalon project and the FCCE project will be a day, or less.  There will be 23 dredging days for the FCCE portion of the project with only two of those days at the start, in Avalon.

When Great Lakes demobilizes from the Avalon beach following the major portion of our beach fill project, the 32nd Street access point will be used to bring heavy equipment/pipe off the beach.

This has been the 31st update of the progress of the beach fill provided to the public.

Avalon/Stone Harbor Beach Fill Update May 11th, 2017

The Avalon beach fill project made good progress over the past 24 hours.  Currently beaches in Avalon are closed from 19th Street south to 22nd Street as beach fill operations continue.  There have been no safety issues with this beach fill project.  More than 700,000 cubic yards of sand have been placed on the Avalon beaches to date.  The public is advised to keep off beach paths that are closed and remain away from the construction site.  As the beach fill project moves south, beaches are reopened behind the construction site.

Avalon/Stone Harbor Beach Fill Update May 10th, 2017

The Avalon Beach fill project has enjoyed much success since the last Council meeting.  The dredge “Texas” has been working largely 24/7 for about the past week, except during ocean lightning strikes Sunday night into Monday morning.  To date, the “Texas” has pumped a quantity of 786,100 cubic yards of sand on the Avalon beaches from 9th Street south to 18th Street.  If the dredge continues to work 24/7, the beach fill could be completed as early as Sunday, May 14th, but we have some bad weather moving in for Saturday.  The beach fill will continue to taper to the northerly limits of the 30th Street beach.  To date, there have been no safety issues associated with this project.  Once this portion of the project is completed, the pipe will be removed from the beach. Work is being done on various crossovers as well

Another dredge line submerged in the ocean will be attached to the dredge to conduct the final phase of the beach fill project that will include three blocks in the hotel district and the northerly limits of Stone Harbor.  Avalon’s portion of that fill will occur first; it should take only two days to complete since there is little sand placement there.  The landing zone for the dredge pipe will be in Stone Harbor so Avalon will not be impacted moving forward.

There was a Saturday coastal storm a few weekends ago that sent some of our beach fill to land in the teens.  We were able to negotiate to have another 65,000 cubic yards of sand placed on the north end beach where the sand eroded from at no additional cost to the Borough.

Avalon/Stone Harbor Beach Fill Update May 5th, 2017

Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company continues to reconstruct the Avalon beachfront today.  This morning, Great Lakes announced that beach access paths from 15th Street to 18th Street have been closed for construction activity.  Beach paths north of this construction area are being reopened.

Avalon/Stone Harbor Beach Fill Update May 4th, 2017

The Avalon Beach fill project continues this week.  A progress meeting was held in Avalon on Thursday morning, May 4th to discuss the project of the fill.  To date, more than 640,000 cubic yards of sand has been placed on the Avalon beaches with approximately 300,000 cubic yards of sand remaining to extend the beach fill to the northerly limits of 30th Street where the project tapers down.  As of today, beach paths in Avalon which remain closed for construction activity are 13th Street through 17th Street.  The beach fill moves in a north to south direction.  It is anticipated that there are only 13 days remaining in this project, with weather and mechanical interruptions factored in.  It is possible the beach fill may be suspended for the day on May 5th due to weather concerns.

Crossover work continues on the Avalon beachfront by Walters Marine and will continue to move southward following the construction of the beach.

When this phase of the project is completed, Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company will then begin an FCCE beach fill project that will extend from approximately 77th Street in Avalon south into Stone Harbor.  This project will use a submerged line in the ocean to pump the slurry of sand from Townsend’s Inlet to south Avalon and the north end Stone Harbor beaches.  The additional sand will be thin in front of the motel district and will not require a long disruptive period.  The Borough will provide updates on exactly when the construction activity will occur in the hotel district when approximate dates are provided.

All dredge pipe will be removed from the Avalon beach when the northern beach fill project ends at 30th Street.  No pipeline will be present on the beach for the south Avalon/north Stone Harbor portion of the project as that pipe is submerged; the only pipe on the southern Avalon beach will be present in the hotel district only during construction activity adjacent to the hotels.  When the project moves south into Stone Harbor, there will be no need to have any pipe on the southern Avalon beaches.  That impact is only expected to take a few days.  Due to the size of this hydraulic beach fill, Avalon has no plans this summer to conduct any sand backpassing operations.

The estimated start date of the FCCE beach fill project will be on or about May 18th.  It will take approximately 23 dredging days to complete that beach fill project which factors in weather and mechanical delays.

Avalon will continue to provide updates to the public.  Beach goers are advised not to cross onto the beach at any time when construction activity is present in the area and when paths are blocked for safety purposes.  As the beach fill moves south, beach paths are reopened and access to the beach is provided.

Avalon/Stone Harbor Beach Fill Update April 29th, 2017

The beach fill project resumed Friday afternoon.  On Saturday, April 29th, the beach fill project has resulted in beach paths being closed from 12th Street south to 15th Street where no beach access is allowed.  Please enter the beach only at beach paths that are open and safe.  Follow any safety instructions provided by Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company officials, thank you.

Avalon/Stone Harbor Beach Fill Update April 28th, 2017

Update, 3:36pm:  The beach fill project resumed this afternoon, April 28th

The Avalon Beach Fill project is set to resume on Friday, April 28th.  Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company reports that the “Texas” was coming back to Avalon from Cape May today and will resume beach fill operations.  The beach fill project will pick up where it left off a few weeks ago when the dredge was taken to Cape May to finish a project there, and undergo some routine maintenance.  The dredge was unable to return earlier this week due to rough sea conditions created by a coastal storm.  The “Texas” will operate 24 hours a day until this project is completed.  It will only stop due to mechanical failure on the dredge or unsafe sea conditions caused by bad weather.

Some of the sand that was placed on the northerly limits of this beach fill moved to another area of the beach fill project during the break when the dredge was in Cape May.  However, the Borough of Avalon, the United States Army Corps of Engineers, and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection worked on a plan to replace the sand that moved into the beaches just south of where sand has been placed already.  That is noted on this updated plan provided to the Borough on April 27th:

The area designated by the light green line from approximately 12th Street to 18th Street, where the green line bends, is where additional sand will be placed in this project.

This portion of the project is expected to take another 13 days of uninterrupted work.  Assuming there are about six days or so of bad weather or mechanical issues, this portion of the project should finish before May 20th.  When the project ends, the pipe will be removed off the beach.  Then, the dredge will remain in Townsend’s Inlet and pump sand through another pipe submerged in the ocean to the Avalon hotel district, and the northern portion of Stone Harbor.  There will be no pipe on the beach during this portion of the project, scheduled to wrap up by June 20th.  The work in front of the hotels in Avalon will take only a few days to complete.  Avalon will provide notification when possible when exact dates are firmed up for that portion of the beach fill project.

Avalon/Stone Harbor Beach Fill Update April 26, 2017

The project managers for Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company reported to the Borough today that seas in both the Cape May Inlet and Townsend’s Inlet are between five and seven feet following the coastal storm that affected our region on April 24-25th.  The dredge “Texas” is still in Cape May but ready to move to Townsend’s Inlet to resume the Avalon beach fill project once seas subside.  It is likely that the seas will be calm on Thursday, April 27th for the dredge to move from Cape May back to Avalon to resume the beach fill, with fill operations potentially resuming Thursday evening, April 27th.  The project has 13 days remaining in Avalon for the majority of the beach fill operations.

Avalon/Stone Harbor Beach Fill Update April 20, 2017

The beach fill project is expected to start again in the next 24 hours.  The dredge “Texas” has completed its work in Cape May and returned to harbor in Cape May for one day of maintenance.  The “Texas” is expected to arrive in Avalon this evening and be pumping sand back onto the beaches sometime Friday, April 21st.  There is some rainy, windy weather in the forecast for Sunday and Monday so dredging operations may be suspended for safety reasons.  Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company reports that with mechanical issues and weather delays factored in, the Avalon beach fill project has approximately 19 days left, with 13 days of pumping sand.  If this schedule is met, the north end beach fill will conclude on or about Mother’s Day weekend.  The project in northern Stone Harbor and the very southern limits of the hotel district is a 23 day project, with the Avalon portion of the project being done first.

Avalon/Stone Harbor Beach Fill Update April 13, 2017

The Avalon beach fill project remains on hold while the dredge “Texas” finishes up some work on a Cape May project.  The dredge has six uninterrupted days of working in Cape May before it moves back to Avalon to complete our beach fill.  The dredge cannot work past April 22nd in Cape May due to environmental restrictions and is expected back in Avalon no later than April 23rd.  Approximately 460,000 cubic yards of sand remains to be pumped on the Avalon beach front south to the northerly limits of 30th Street.  Avalon is receiving a total volume of 920,000 cubic yards of sand.  There are 13 uninterrupted days of work still to be done in Avalon.  If weather conditions are quiet and the dredge has no serious mechanical issues, the Avalon project could be wrapped up before Mother’s Day weekend.

Avalon beaches are accessible during the upcoming Easter weekend.  Please observe all signage on Avalon beach paths.  If the path is closed due to unsafe conditions, do not access the beach at that path as the beach paths have not been constructed pending completion of the beach fill project.  Do not traverse into any area where dredge pipe or mechanical equipment is being stored on the beach as it creates an unsafe condition.  Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company will knock down the scarp on the beach profile to help lessen any small sand “cliff” that is formed by the new beach in the north end and natural erosion.

Next week, a subline will be set under the ocean water that will allow Great Lakes to send a slurry of sand and water from Townsend’s Inlet to a landing zone at the 83rd/84th street beach in Stone Harbor.  Great Lakes will fill in the beach in front of the hotel district before moving south to finish Stone Harbor’s beachfill.  This pipe will be underwater and will not impact our recreational beaches.  It is anticipated when the major portion of the beachfill in Avalon is completed it will take less than a day to begin the southern Avalon/northern Stone Harbor beachfill effort.

Avalon/Stone Harbor Beach Fill Update April 6, 2017

The Avalon and Stone Harbor Beach Fill Project was suspended in late March due to a major mechanical issue on the dredge.  On Thursday, April 6th, a progress meeting was held in Avalon.  Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company, LLC announced at the meeting that the dredge “Texas” has been repaired and will moved to a site in Cape May to finish a project there.  The “Texas” will return to Avalon, weather permitting, on the evening of April 22nd and dredging operations will start again in Avalon.  Without interruptions from mechanical issues or bad weather, there are two weeks of work remaining on the Avalon beaches to complete the beach fill to the northerly limits of 30th Street.  This portion of the project must be finished, by contract, no later than May 23rd.  If the operation runs smoothly, this portion of the project could be finished on or about May 6th.  To date, there have been several delays due to mechanical and weather issues.

The project is approximately 50 percent completed with 476,150 cubic yards of sand remaining to be pumped on the Avalon beaches; the total quantity is 920,000 cubic yards.  When this portion of the project is finished, Great Lakes will switch the “Texas” to a subline in the ocean that will run the slurry of sand and water to a landing zone located at the 83rd Street beach in Stone Harbor.  Avalon’s beaches from 77th-80th streets will receive sand first, then the beach fill will finish with the northerly limits of Stone Harbor.  This additional work in Avalon’s south end will take only a few days to complete when it begins.  Avalon will provide updates on when this will occur as soon as the information becomes available from the United States Army Corps of Engineers, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company, LLC.  By contract, this entire project must be completed in Avalon and Stone Harbor no later than June 23rd.

The north end Avalon beaches will also receive new sand fence, new crossovers, and split and rail fence to repair damages incurred during recent coastal storm events.

Avalon/Stone Harbor Beach Fill Update March 31, 2017

The beach fill project has been suspended for the next one to two weeks.  Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company announced that a port breast switch shaft on the dredge failed on Wednesday, March 29th.  This will result in at least one week of repairs in safe harbor in Cape May before the dredge can continue working.  If time permits, the “Texas” will go to Cape May to finish a job before coming back to Avalon to complete the beach fill from 9th Street south to the northerly limits of 30th Street.  Avalon beach paths remain closed in the north end south to 15th Street.  Walters Marine is expected to begin work on beach paths on the new beachfront south to 13th Street in about one week.

To date, 435,000 cubic yards of sand has been placed on our north end beaches; 485,000 cubic yards of sand remain.  This would require 14 continual days of pumping with no interruptions for mechanical failure or weather conditions.  The “Texas” started pumping sand on the beach on March 9th at 7:27pm.

Avalon expects no substantive updates until the dredge is repaired and back in service in either Cape May or Avalon.

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.