Deliveries for Oceanfront Steel Wall Begin in Mantoloking

Installation work to begin July 7 in Mantoloking, Aug. 20 in Brick

Sheet pile being installed in Mantoloking, N.J., June 26, 2014. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
Sheet pile being installed in Mantoloking, N.J., June 26, 2014. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
Work crews were ramping up their efforts to start building a protective steel revetment along the oceanfront in Mantoloking and Brick on Thursday, with the first deliveries of sheet pile making their way over the dunes in Mantoloking.

Crews were working near the beachfront on Herbert Street, where homes were destroyed during Superstorm Sandy when an ocean breach occurred. The crews were removing sheet pile from trucks in a guarded area.

The parking lots of Brick Beach III and Bayview Park will be used as staging areas. From there, the 45 foot-long pieces of sheet pile are transported to a smaller staging area in Mantoloking where they are hoisted onto a makeshift road built on top of the dunes.

Two work crews will install the sheetpile in Mantoloking, and then, when the northernmost crew finishes the section between Herbert Street and Lyman Street in Mantoloking, shift down to Brick's southern border and work north, Doyle said.

Work on the actual installation of the sheet pile is set to begin July 7 in Mantoloking and Aug. 20 in Brick.

State officials are building the sheetpile sea wall 30 feet underground and 15 feet above ground in order to protect against breaching on Ocean County's northern barrier island. During Superstorm Sandy, a breach in Mantoloking was blamed for massive flooding on the island and mainland. The sheetpile will run from Lyman Street in Mantoloking to Brick Township's southern border in the Normandy Beach neighborhood, which borders Toms River.

During the upcoming Army Corps project, which is forecast to take up to 18 months to complete, dunes will be improved to about 25 feet in height in many locations, and beaches will be extended 200 feet in width. The steel wall will be covered by the improved dunes in the process.
Chuck Cumella June 26, 2014 at 05:17 PM


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