Long Branch's long-awaited beach replenishment project will be completed by the Army Corps of Engineers in time for the 2014 summer season.
Long Branch Business Administrator Howard Woolley said the project will begin in late October or early November and that the contract with the Army states that the work must be completed by May 14.
The $40,067,500 contract for the work was awarded to Manson Construction on Aug. 16. The entire project is federally-funded, Woolley said.
Woolley said the work will begin at the north end of the city at Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park. He said the replenishment must be completed in that area before the piping plover bird nests there in March.
The work will span from Seven Presidents to just north of Lake Takanassee and will include the placement of an estimated 3.3 million cubic yards of sand.
Beach replenishment from Lake Takanassee to Deal Lake in Asbury Park will likely begin next year, Woolley said. He said the beaches in that area of the city have never been replenished.