Plans to replace a portion of the bulkheading at Manasquan Inlet in Point Pleasant Beach that was ripped apart in a nor’easter last winter are beginning to move forward.
The state Department of Environmental Protection issued a solicitation of bids for the project last week. Bids from construction companies are due back Oct. 26, a notice from the agency said.
The bulkheading, a portion of what is known as “the wall” at the inlet to local anglers, was a known weak point for years. It sits adjacent to the memorial statue to lost fishermen toward the western end of the inlet. It was destroyed by a nor’easter in March and, since, has been rudimentarily patched and marked with a small buoy.
Officials said the quick repair has lingered because the state was waiting to get the larger bulkhead replacement project underway. Point Pleasant Beach Mayor Stephen Reid has said the permanent fix could cost about $600,000.