The Borough of Avalon held a pre-construction meeting on Friday, November 22nd with South State Construction of Egg Harbor Township to discuss the upcoming repairs to the 8th Street Jetty in the Borough. Council has awarded a contract to South State to make repairs to the jetty, which was damaged during Winter Storm Jonas in January, 2016. The foundation of the jetty was compromised and large rock has been displaced. The Borough previously placed signs adjacent to the jetty and concrete barrier to deter members of the public from accessing the structure.
The jetty will become an active construction zone during a period of time from mid-December, 2019 to early January, 2020. The jetty will remain an active construction zone for approximately five months. During this time, access to the jetty will be absolutely prohibited for the safety of the public. Fishermen who have used the jetty during this unsafe condition will not be able to access the jetty during this construction project. The contractor will place various barriers around the construction site. Once actual work begins on the project, the strict prohibition will be in place.
The project will include bringing in very large rock to restore the jetty, and repositioning some of the rock that has been displaced. The top portion of the jetty will be removed over the water so the contractor can make the necessary repairs. The jetty will be repaired in some spots, slightly elevated. The contractor is anticipating that this project will be finished in May, 2020. A fairly level surface will be restored to the upper part of the jetty at the conclusion of the project. It is anticipated that a new navigation light will also be placed at the end of the jetty.
The access to the beach at 8th Street will be off limits to the public as rock and heavy equipment will be utilizing that area for the duration of the project. Avalon will also close the 9th Street beach access path as a precaution as using the path would put the public in the construction zone.
Updates to this project will be made on this website, when necessary. For the next four weeks or so, vibration monitors will be placed in the construction area and various pre-construction photographs will be taken by the contractor.