Brick Residents Question Council on Proposed Steel Wall

Some residents were concerned about a plan to 'step down' the wall near the Toms River border.

A plan to step down a planned steel wall near the Toms River border has some Brick residents concerned that area will remain vulnerable in the event of another 100-year storm.

"I don't think it's fair," said Brick resident Richard Gross, who addressed Robert Mainberger, an engineer who is working with the project, and David Rosenblatt, a New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection representative. Both men appeared at the Brick Council meeting this week to discuss the plans.

Mainberger said the conceptual plan for the $40 million steel wall, which would serve as a last line of defense in future storms, has been approved by the Army Corps of Engineers. It would run from Mantoloking into Brick, but would "step down" about a foot at a time from elevation 12 to elevation 9, about seven homes from the Toms River border.

Toms River will not be getting the wall, because state officials approved the project largely based on its ability to protect Route 35 should another storm like Sandy hit this area. Mantoloking and Brick are the narrowest points between the ocean and roadway on the barrier island, making that area the most vulnerable.

The steel sheets will be placed before the Army Corps of Engineers' planned dune replenishment project. The sheets will stand at elevation 16, and extend about 32 feet below sea level. They would be covered over by sand from the  the Corps beach project.

"It's designed essentially to provide 100-year storm protection at its worse case scenario," Mainberger told the audience at the Brick meeting.

Addressing Gross' and some other residents concerns, Mainberger said, "I understand the concern, when you hear every is getting 16 ... but even at elevation 9 the wall is still significant protection."

Councilman Domenick Brando added,  "at Normandy, the elevation starts to go up there. You could even see during Sandy, that our Normandy was destroyed, and parts of [Toms River] got nothing."

walter.f.campbell September 26, 2013 at 04:09 PM
Dom,the reason the border of dover[O.B.Unit 3]survived except for ocean front more wind than water...they practiced beach restoration in-house for over thirty years.These cottages are plywood/conc.slab.The BERM that saved them had over fifty 900ft.sections of snow fence buried from years of restoration!
walter.f.campbell September 26, 2013 at 05:32 PM
Sean,instead of nitt picking would you please put some constructive incite into the article at hand...thank you!
proud September 26, 2013 at 08:08 PM
Oh yeah! the North Beaches fared really well.
Bob Sharkey September 27, 2013 at 08:41 AM
Do the taxpayer's save the 25% that is not going up south of the Brick border. What is the real reason did you forget something or that " somebody" wants to make more money for doing 75% of the job and getting paid for 100%.


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