MARGATE – The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be conducting a beachfill and dune reconstruction project on Absecon Island from Brigantine Inlet to Great Egg Harbor Inlet beginning this month and continuing until March 2021.
According to a release from the City of Margate, a small portion of the project will occur in Margate and Longport, with most operations taking place in Atlantic City and Ventnor. Work will be done 24-hours a day, seven days a week.
SSI, Inc., a sub-contractor for Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, LLC which was awarded a $23,962,571 contract on July 31, will do structure monitoring during the project that includes exterior only pre-construction surveys of the buildings and improvements that are adjacent to the project, along with seismic monitoring. Residents have been or will be notified.
The original beachfill project included a $15 million drainage improvement project along the beachfront and adjacent street ends which has been very successful in eliminating drainage problems.
According to the release, the city made no financial contribution to the original beachfill or drainage projects. Margate also did not execute any agreement with the NJDEP to make future financial contributions. Margate is not budgeted nor contracted to financially participate in the beachfill project. There is no desire by Margate’s Board of Commissioners to financially contribute, nor has Margate officially been asked to do so, the release stated.
The beachfill and dune reconstruction project is mobilizing this week. Beachfill will be done from the Margate Fishing Pier to Ventnor.