Update on May 25th, 2021:
The Avalon Department of Public Works report that at the conclusion of May 23rd, approximately 54,899 cubic yards of sand have been harvested from the borrow area, and approximately 4,000 cubic yards of sand is stockpiled. That sand was moved to the project area on May 24th. Approximately 50,899 cubic yards of sand have been moved to the project fill area with 1932 loads of sand relocated. The entire ledge in the northern project area is built with the tapering of sand towards the ocean. After discussions with the Borough Engineers and the Public Works’ crews, we continued to push sand through Sunday, conducted final hauling Monday, leaving Tuesday for final grading. With both weather conditions/equipment reliability being favorable to the Borough, the project will be completed by Thursday, with all equipment off the beach.
Update on May 20th, 2021:
The Avalon Department of Public Works report that at the conclusion of May 19th, approximately 49,628 cubic yards of sand have been harvested from the borrow area, and 6,700 cubic yards of sand is stockpiled, ready to move to the north end fill area with the pushing up of sand continuing. Approximately 42,928 cubic yards of sand have been moved to the project fill area with 1643 loads of sand relocated. The entire ledge in the northern project area is built with the tapering of sand towards the water to continue. After discussions with the Borough Engineers and the Public Works’ crews, we will continue to push sand through Sunday and try to finish hauling on Monday leaving Tues for final grading. We are hoping to call off the rental equipment after Monday and have the rest of the week to rake and have the beaches ready for the weekend. With both weather conditions/equipment reliability being favorable to the Borough, the project should be completed before the end of next week
Update on May 17th, 2021:
Avalon’s municipal engineer reports that approximately 40,000 cubic yards of sand have been moved out of the borrow area to the fill area. The ledge in the fill area has been constructed by Public Works with the sloped area of the beach to follow. Avalon expects to continue to move sand to the north end up until early next week. The project is expected to be completed, or substantially completed, before Memorial Day weekend. More information on quantities and expected conclusion could come as early as May 18th.
Update on May 11th, 2021:
The Avalon Department of Public Works report that at the conclusion of May 11th, approximately 32,000 cubic yards of sand have been harvested from the borrow area, and 12,000 cubic yards of sand is stockpiled, ready to move to the north end fill area. Approximately 20,000 cubic yards of sand have been moved to the project fill area with 698 loads of sand relocated. It is anticipated that as of the end of the morning on May 12th, the entire ledge in the northern project area will be built with the tapering of sand towards the water to continue. According to our engineer’s estimates, and with both weather conditions/equipment reliability being favorable to the Borough, the project could be completed by the end of next week.
Update on May 10th, 2021
These photos were taken by the Avalon Department of Public Works regarding the sand back passing operation in Avalon. The photos were taken on May 10th, 2021
Update on May 6th, 2021
The Avalon sand back passing project continues. By the close of business on Thursday, May 6th, an estimated 23,000 cubic yards have been harvested and placed in piles for redistribution to the north end beaches that have been eroded by storm events. All of the sand has been harvested from the “wet sand” (east of the high tide line) and within the stakes set by engineers in the borrow area. No sand from the dry beach has been removed. Director of Public Works William McCormick notes that sand has replenished itself in the wet sand borrow area on a daily basis due to natural currents and drifts. By the close of business on May 6th, approximately 6,800 cubic yards of sand will have been relocated to the fill area.
Update on April 29, 2021
Update on April 27, 2021
Equipment for the sand back passing operation is being moved into Avalon this week, crossing the new Ingram’s Thorofare Bridge. Sand may be moved before the weekend into piles before being transported north to the project area. Here is a summary of where the land will be borrowed from, courtesy of Avalon’s municipal engineer Mott MacDonald:
The plan is to scrape sand between 33rd Street and 40th Street, primarily from the wet sand areas (between mean low water and mean high water). Within most of this area (between approximately 35th Street and 40th Street we will be scraping no higher than the high tide line, which is approximately 75 landward of the mean high water line. Between 33rd Street and 35th Street, the allowable scraping limits include areas above the high tide line, but every attempt will be made not to scrape in these areas. In general, the scraping will occur 200’ to 300’ from the toe of the dunes
General Project Description:
The Borough of Avalon will conduct a sand back passing project starting in late April, 2021 and up until Memorial Day weekend. The sand back passing is necessary following repeated winter storms, particularly during the first weekend in February, that resulted in severe erosion of the north end beaches. The project will be under the supervision of Mott MacDonald, the Borough’s engineer, and will be executed by the Avalon Department of Public Works. Some beach paths in the northern end of Avalon have been closed to the public for safety reasons as part of the paths leading to the beach have been eroded. Beaches from 9th Street south to 15th Street will be filled.
Sand back passing is the relocation of sand to its origin. Avalon conducts hydraulic beach fill projects approximately every three years. Sand that is placed in the north end beaches is naturally transported to other areas of the Avalon beachfront, particularly just south of the Avalon Fishing Pier where the sand will be harvested. The sand is then mechanically harvested near the mean low water line, placed into piles, and mechanically transported to the north end beaches so the sand can be spread on the north end beaches per the specifications of the United States Army Corps of Engineers template.
Equipment is rented under a public contract. Equipment is expected to arrive on or about April 19, 2021. Once the equipment arrives, the sand will be mechanically scraped in the borrow area, placed in piles, and then transported by large dump trucks to the north end for even distribution. Pre-construction surveys show that the sand from the north end was transported either just offshore, or to the borrow area. This project will be very similar to the 2019 back passing operation, which resulted in approximately 55,000 cubic yards of sand being relocated to the north end beaches. At times, and for public safety, some select beach paths in both the borrow and fill areas will be closed for public safety as heavy equipment will be working in the area. This will be a dynamic environment as conditions/work/tides change daily.
All necessary permits have been secured by the Borough of Avalon. The Borough has already begun the process of dewatering the drive-through area under the Avalon Fishing Pier for safe transport of the heavy equipment. The Borough is hopeful much, if not all of the project will be completed before Memorial Day weekend. If the project needs to run longer, no work will be done on Memorial Day weekend and all beach paths shall be accessible.
The public shall be advised that the northern half of the Avalon beach will be a construction area with heavy equipment operating. Many beach paths will remain open for this project; the beach will remain open for this project. For the safety of your family, if you see equipment actively working in an area, please avoid it. Avoid placing a beach chair or a blanket in an area where there are tire tracks visible as this is the common route for the heavy equipment. Parents are advised to keep their children off the temporary piles of sand as they present unsafe conditions.
Sand back passing is an interim repair to storm erosion on beaches. It is anticipated that the Borough may be part of a hydraulic beach fill project in 2022.