The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently met with the down beach communities including Ventnor’s Public Works Director, Engineer and other staff to discuss the beach nourishment and completion of the original Absecon Island dune project. The project involves the hydraulic placement of approximately 2.9 million cubic yards of beachfill along the Atlantic Ocean coastline of Absecon Island. This project area encompasses Atlantic City, Ventnor, Margate City and Longport Borough. Base beachfill volume for Ventnor is 325,000 CY of the 2.9 million.
The Absecon Island Coastal Storm Damage Reduction project was only partially completed when Hurricane Sandy hit the New Jersey shore in 2012. The project in place served to dramatically reduce damages in those sections of the island. The Army Corps had completed the initial construction of the project in Atlantic City and most of Ventnor City in 2004. This section of the project received nourishment in the spring of 2012 and was restored after Hurricane Sandy in 2013. The Army Corps issued a Notice to Proceed to Weeks Marine Inc. to commence construction in December last year. The awarded contract work is expected to run through October 2017.
The Army Corps issued a Notice to Proceed to Weeks Marine Inc. to commence construction in December last year. The awarded contract work is expected to run through October 2017.
Ventnor’s schedule is as follows:
8/11/17 - 8/31/17: Pre-placement condition surveys
8/25/17 - 8/29/17: Setup pipeline and booster
9/1/17 - 10/5/17: Beachfill operation
10/6/17 - 10/12/17: Post placement condition surveys
10/6/17 - 10/28/17: Demobilize equipment/dredge
It is expected the Army Corps will mobilize at the Suffolk Avenue beach area. Beachgoers will still have access to that beach.
In an earlier press release from the Army Corps of Engineers, the Corps indicated the completion of the initial construction in Margate and Longport is being entirely funded by the federal government through the 2013 Disaster Relief Appropriations Act (PL113-2), commonly known as the Hurricane Sandy Relief Bill, whereas the periodic nourishment of the Atlantic City and Ventnor City portion of the contract is being cost shared with the Federal government and the non-federal sponsor, the NJDEP. Sixty-five percent is funded by the federal government and thirty-five percent is funded by the DEP and respective municipality. Ventnor’s share is estimated at $440,917 for Richards Avenue to Jackson Avenue and will be funded by remaining bond funds and a new bond ordinance. The cost does not include the cost of any additional sand if needed during construction.
There will be no cost to the City of Ventnor to rebuild the dunes that were loss from Richards Avenue to Fredericksburg Avenue.