Beachfront Steel Wall Approved for Mantoloking, Brick

A temporary steel wall was removed in late fall at Mantoloking. Photo by Denise DiStephan
A temporary steel wall was removed in late fall at Mantoloking. Photo by Denise DiStephan
From the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection:

The Federal Highway Administration has approved a post-Superstorm Sandy  infrastructure protection project to construct and install four miles of steel sheet piling to be driven deep into the beaches in Mantoloking and Brick to safeguard Route 35 and nearby homes and businesses from future catastrophic storms, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner (DEP) Bob Martin announced.

Bidding has begun on the steel sheeting project that will complement an engineered beach and dune system planned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Construction on the federal project, which will bolster beach protections for nine coastal towns on the northern Ocean County peninsula from Manasquan Inlet to Barnegat Inlet, is scheduled to start in February.

"This important project will help protect a narrow segment of coastline that was breached during Superstorm Sandy, resulting in substantial damage to property and lives in these towns and to this vital coastal roadway that is the key artery in this region," Commissioner Martin said. "It is paramount that we lessen the vulnerabilities to future storms.''

Bids from construction firms are due to the DEP by Jan 22. Work is expected to be completed by early summer.

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has committed to pay 80 percent of the cost of the project, estimated to be about $36 million, from Sandy Emergency Relief funds. The state will fund the remaining 20 percent of the project costs.

The DEP has received the required FHWA approval from National Environmental Policy Act review. All right-of-way easements have been secured. DEP environmental reviews, an approved design by DEP's Bureau of Coastal Engineering and future maintenance agreements with Mantoloking and Brick have also been completed.

Superstorm Sandy destroyed the dune system and flooded the highway along this stretch of northern Ocean County. The infrastructure protection project will extend from Williams Place near the northern border of Mantoloking to the southern coastal boundary of Brick.

It will include 45-foot high steel sheets that will be driven 30 feet into ground on the landward back slant of the beach's dune. The exposed wall will be covered with sand. Brick and Mantoloking will be responsible for future coverage and maintenance of the wall.

The sheet piling system would serve as a last line of defense to protect Route 35 in the event of another extreme storm like Sandy and will provide a permanent and more protective alternative to a geotube project that the municipalities had been exploring.

"The Township of Brick is eager to protect the residents and infrastructure of the barrier island, as well as the mainland section of town which was inundated by flooding due to breaches along the Route 35 corridor," said Brick Mayor John G. Ducey.

"We are extremely excited for the sheet steel project to get underway," added Mantoloking Mayor George C. Nebel. "This project, coupled with the upcoming Army Corps replenishment project, will not only protect the important tourism corridor of Route 35, it will give peace of mind for homeowners who want to begin rebuilding so that they can move on and enjoy the Shore once again."

For more on the state's Route 35 Reconstruction Project, visit: http://www.nj.gov/governor/news/news/552013/approved/20130702b.html

For more on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers beach replenishment program in northern Ocean County, visit: http://www.nap.usace.army.mil/Missions/Factsheets/FactSheetArticleView/tabid/4694/Article/6450/new-jersey-shore-protection-manasquan-inlet-to-barnegat-inlet-nj.aspx

For more on the DEP's Bureau of Coastal Engineering, visit: http://www.nj.gov/dep/shoreprotection/index.html
nuttyprofessor January 05, 2014 at 10:22 AM
Insanity. Lets print some more money.
Beach Mover January 05, 2014 at 03:37 PM
If it just benefited beach front owners I might agree. The damage done to the homes in Brick and Toms River on the bay was staggering. It might be hard to believe but I think that might be one if the main reasons.
Chuck Cumella January 05, 2014 at 05:10 PM
That was the only reason the mainland side of brick in toms River flooded. The damn Sewall is needed to prevent any future flooding. It's a total mitigation repair. It's about time they're getting started on it. It's only been 15 months since the store.
Chuck Cumella January 05, 2014 at 05:10 PM
anthony esposito January 05, 2014 at 05:42 PM
In the event of another Sandy like Storm how will the water from the Ocean that comes over this seawall retreat back to the Sea? I witnessed firsthand how the water retreated through the breeches in the barrier island, it rushed out of the bay and by 4 PM the day after the storm the bay was down about 5 feet. I am concerned that the Steel wall will trap the ocean water and prolong the flooding
Chuck Cumella January 05, 2014 at 06:45 PM
The only reason we flooded was due to the breach. No breach = no flood on mainland. I've lived here 50 + years. We never flooded until that breech I witnessed water enter my home due to the breech. Build the damn wall. NOW !


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