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Long Branch Beach Replenishment Project Will Start After Labor Day

A $40 million contract for the work was awarded this month.

A map of the scope of the Long Branch beach replenishment project.
A map of the scope of the Long Branch beach replenishment project.
By Christopher Sheldon

A contract for Long Branch's beach replenishment project was been awarded and the project is expected to start after Labor Day, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The Army awarded a $40,067,500 contract on August 16, 2013 to Manson Construction to the project which will cover an area between Sevens Presidents Park southward to the north of Lake Takanassee.

The Long Branch contract is part of a larger project that will cover the beaches from Sea Bright to Manasquan and build the beaches back to their original size.

“The Corps’ previously constructed beach erosion control and storm risk reduction project along the Atlantic Coast of New Jersey from Sea Bright to Manasquan was significantly damaged when Hurricane Sandy caused severe beach erosion resulting in the loss of roughly 5 million cubic yards of sand in the project area,” Army Corps’ New York District Project Manager Jenifer Thalhauser said in a release.

The release states that the work will involve large pipes and heavy machinery and will cause the "rolling closures of roughly 1,000 foot-wide sections of beach where construction is ongoing."

Congressman Frank Pallone has said the Elberon to Loch Arbour section of the project would begin at Takanassee Lake and end at Deal Lake and would not likely start until some time in 2014.

Long Branch officials have said they will not begin any repairs to the city's Hurricane Sandy-damaged bluffs or boardwalk until the current Long Branch beach replenishment project is completed. The city is also waiting for funding from FEMA to make the repairs.

The Long Branch beach replenishment project should be completed by the beginning of 2014, officials have said.
Lou August 27, 2013 at 08:47 AM
I wish they would clean out Lake Takanasse, and Deal Lake, etc. They already replenish the beach 11 years ago. There is or was a chance Sandy gave us to redevelop our entire shore line.Good bye new ideas and hello to the same old thing. They should pave the beach and put up a parking lot.
Gerald Scarano August 27, 2013 at 11:34 AM
Who cares if I wonder what groups had input on this taxpayer project. Who cares if I ask, will they hire from the local labor pool or did the City of Long Branch forget to ask? Who cares if I ask, is it better to give out free fish lunches than teach the values about fishing for yourself. Who cares if somebody asks why maybe some law enforcement members will be hired at $40.00 an hour when $10.00 temps with no benifits can do the same job. Does anybody asks how much damage is done to a car motor that ideals all day with the air condition on? Most cars repair schedule are based on miles, not hours an engine is left running. How many inspectors from different departments will be needed to check the same work. Who cares, it's government money.
Kyle William August 27, 2013 at 02:19 PM
$40 million dollars to be washed away with the next storm. Good job! If there aren't any big storms it will be about ten years of normal weather patterns for the beaches to wash away again. Thats $4 million dollars a year to destroy surfing and fishing along our coastline. I wonder what the real point of this project really is since it seems that the beaches that were replenished and large had more damage. I wonder why we can't build a dune system to the likes of Bradley Beach that suffered barely any damage compared to the neighbors to the North and South. These dunes would also not effect any fishing and surfing along the coastline.
Scott Perry August 27, 2013 at 05:50 PM
Waste of money.

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