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Ocean City Beach Project Is Complete

Progress update on the Army Corps of Engineers beach nourishment project.

Army Corps of Engineers contractors finished work Tuesday (May 28) on a beach replenishment project in Ocean City that stretched about 2.3 miles — from Seaspray Road to 14th Street.

Crews are working now to remove equipment and a pipeline that runs most of the length of the project area. They should be done by the weekend.

The project was part of a regularly scheduled series of beach maintenance projects for north-end and downtown beaches, but the work took on a special urgency in the wake of the Oct. 29 Superstorm Sandy, which wiped dune systems and left protective "geotubes" entirely exposed in some areas.

A 309-foot dredge operated by the Great Lake Dredge and Dock Company of Oak Brook, Ill., sits about a half-mile off Surf Road beach in Ocean City near the mouth of Great Egg Harbor Inlet and was the source for the more than 1.8 million cubic yards of sand that was pumped onto Ocean City beaches. Work began in February. (See more photos of the various stages of the project.)

The cost for the original project prior to Superstorm Sandy was about $11 million, of which the federal government was responsible for 65 percent, the state Department of Environmental Protection 26.25 percent and the city 8.75 percent.

But supplemental Sandy disaster assistance funds added about $7 million to the contract to buy sand lost to the storm at 100 percent federal cost.

The work fell within a federally approved project area that extends to 34th Street.

City administrators are hoping to secure a separate replenishment project for beaches between 34th and 59th streets.

In the meantime, the city paid an outside contractor (South State, Inc., of Bridgeton) $1.1 million to haul 90,000 cubic yards of new sand to the southern beaches between 49th Street and 57th Street. That work was completed before Memorial Day Weekend.

Business Administrator Mike Dattilo said work will resume to bring new sand to the beaches between 57th and 59th streets.

A staging area at the end of Central Avenue near 59th Street that had recently been home to massive mounds of sand has been cleared and resurfaced for use as a parking lot.

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Wyatt May 29, 2013 at 03:41 PM
Oh good, now the 59th Street parking area can have the meters installed. I was there over the weekend and saw a lot of cars with PA licenses parked there. So 1/3 of the season's holiday weekends has passed with no revenue from this lot. Get busy need to get those shoobie $ flowing in,
Ed Price May 29, 2013 at 03:41 PM
How about the Southend.... check this out http://www.nj.com/ocean/index.ssf/2013/05/federal_beach_restoration_project_on_lbi_to_begin_this_month.html Didn't we even ASK????
Southend Citizen May 29, 2013 at 04:31 PM
At high tide in the South End, beach goers were sitting on what amounted to a hill of construction sand and gravel. Still to be installed is the front side of the dune fencing around the berm/dune. About half of the narrow and gravely usable "towel area" that people were sitting on is actually the dune and will be cordoned off soon. Once that fence is installed, there is almost no beach. Can't wait for the renters to show up.
Ted Roehrig May 29, 2013 at 07:33 PM
Our "Huckster-in-Chief" should spend his time in Washington lighting a fir under FEMA to finalize regulations so people can restore and elevate their homes accordning to new standars. Instead, he's playing political "happy face" at the Jersey Shore that is far from being ready for Prime Time. He laughs and jokes and plays boardwalk games, while thousands are still out of their homes. This man has no integrity.
OCLocal May 29, 2013 at 10:26 PM
That's not how it was on Monday at 52nd Street. Keep the negative vibe!
Jake the snake May 30, 2013 at 01:31 AM
Time to get rid of those ugly pipes running the beach
frank G May 30, 2013 at 05:13 PM
Mission accomplished? Not from my vantage point. I see bulldozers operating and pipes all the way down past 10th street. History has proven that this kind of premature soundbite tends to backfire. If your planning on a beach vacation in OC, you might do better to wait another week.
Frank May 30, 2013 at 05:33 PM
Do yo honestly think the pipes will remain? Come on give me a break!
frank G May 30, 2013 at 09:37 PM
I would hope not BUT the headline is "Ocean City Beach Project Is Complete" and that is simply not the case.
Frank May 30, 2013 at 10:16 PM
you people are too much...you all just look for problems
south end tax payer May 30, 2013 at 11:59 PM
You people are so lucky to have those pipes and be getting that sand. Cool it for a bit. You have great beaches and you are very lucky. I would take those ugly pipes as long as that beautiful sand came along with it.
south end tax payer May 31, 2013 at 12:06 AM
And Frank - don't bother with your rah rah sis boom bah it is a real bore
Frank May 31, 2013 at 05:36 PM
Im sorry being positive seems to go against the curve of constant complaining ad negativity. I must remember we do live in NJ the land of negativity.
Jess May 31, 2013 at 07:57 PM
Frank. Will you. Kindly stop your incessant complaining about people on the Patch? Will you please stop being so negative about people not being positive? Your constant complaining is unnecessary as all you need to do to solve your problem is stop reading the comments. I am sure no one has a gun to your head making you read. Stop complaining!
Frank May 31, 2013 at 10:38 PM
Jess you have the nerve to tell me to stop complaining? I guess its ok for everyone else. I would give you the same advice - stop reading my comments.
Frank May 31, 2013 at 10:39 PM
Jess I honestly wish the Patch would stop allowing comments....it would be wonderful!!!

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