Boaters, some inconvenience now will probably pay off later. Phase two of dredging the Manasquan Channels in Ocean and Monmouth Counties runs around the clock through the end of 2017, according to the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT).

Wreck Pond in Spring Lake dredging project in 2011
Wreck Pond in Spring Lake dredging project in 2011 (Townsquare Media NJ)

Use of the channel will be restricted where dredging operations are under way, and around the pipeline carrying dredge material to drying sites. NJDOT anticipates only one full channel closure, at Kingsbridge Channel, but officials kept the door open to change that determination if necessary.

The $3,400,000 project deepens the waterways to designated depths and widths, for navigational access. The project supports recreational and commercial mariners, as well as New Jersey State Marine Police and the U.S. Coast Guard.

Through December 31, dredging is scheduled for Wills Hole Thorofare, Wills Hole West, Crabtown Creek, Kingsbridge Channel and the stretch of Cooks Creek through Manasquan, Point Pleasant Beacn and Borough, and Brielle. The Lower Manasquan River Channel and sections of the Wills Hole Thorofare Channel were completed in fall 2016.

NJDOT reminds mariners that State Aids to Navigation (ATON) will be removed, when and where necessary, during dredging. Department officials urge boaters, with or without motors, to watch for updates regarding pipeline routes and crossings.

The muck that's pulled from below will dry out at the Gull Island Confined Disposal Facility. NJDOT says that sand dredged during the project, where possible, will be redeposited on beaches.

The Department also reminds onlookers to stay clear of the pipeline, dredge and other project equipment, whether they're operating or idle.

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