Wide beaches and strong protective dunes have been built across nearly the entire length of Seaside Heights, as crews transition from pumping sand to installing the walkways that will carry throngs of vacationers to the beach this summer.
Crews from Weeks Marine, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ contractor on the project, have been working 24 hours a day for more than a month in Seaside Heights. They have completed pumping sand onto the majority of the beachfront and are now working near Lincoln Avenue in the southern portion of town. The replenishment operations began at Hiering Avenue, the northernmost street, and worked their way south.
The project is expected to last into the first week of February, depending on weather, officials said.
All of the borough’s beaches have been expanded by at least 200-feet, with an 18-foot tall protective dune built in front of the boardwalk. The dune will eventually be anchored with dune grass and other vegetation and will form a barrier in storms. While the view of the ocean isn’t quite as vast as it once was, the Atlantic is still visible from most locations up and down the boardwalk.
The new entrances will be timber crossovers that are placed over the dune rather than through a cut where water could funnel through during storms.
Beaches in Seaside Heights are closed during the project.
Beach replenishment is also continuing in Seaside Park. The dredge boats RN Weeks, BE Lindholm and Magdalen are conducting dredging and beachfill operations and street closures there include Lafayette Street and 5th, 7th and 14th avenues.