Northern Ocean County dredging work has been put on hold
Due to the weather we've been having lately, dredging work from the Manasquan Inlet to the Barnegat Inlet was put on hold last week and won't be resumed until the weather permits, Army Corps spokesman Steve Rochette tells WOBM News.
What this means is the dune and berm work is currently on hold.
"The three dredges that were working on the Manasquan Inlet to Barnegat Inlet project departed last week due to the weather and will return when weather permits," Rochette said. "The dredge that was working on Long Beach Island also departed due to the weather."
They'll assess the extent of any damages to their projects after any storm, including the effects of Hurricane Florence, that impact the Jersey Shore.
"The projects are built to reduce the risk of storm damages to infrastructure - homes, businesses, roads, utility lines - to name a few," Rochette said. "After storms, we assess the extent of erosion/damages to our projects and work closely with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection."
The dredging work is more commonly known as the Northern Ocean County Project run by the Army Corps of Engineers and the NJ DEP.
The project is designed to reduce impacts from coastal erosion and storms.
Beachfill construction already underway and will continue along the oceanfront between Point Pleasant, New Jersey and the northern boundary of the Island Beach State Park takes sand from an offshore borrow source and periodic nourishment for a period of 50 years, according to the Army Corps of Engineers.
The work is taking place collectively in Point Pleasant Beach, Bay Head, Mantoloking, Brick Township, Toms River Township, Lavallette, Seaside Heights, Seaside Park and Berkeley Township.
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