Sunday, April 20, 2014
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JERSEY SHORE

Contract awarded to repair jetty

ISLAND BEACH STATE PARK, N.J. A jetty that protects the southern end of Island Beach State Park in Ocean County will get $7.6 million in repairs under a contract awarded Monday by the Army Corps of Engineers.

The repairs will be made by Agate Construction Co. of Clermont, Dennis Township, along a 740-feet stretch of what is known as the "north jetty" in Barnegat Inlet. The project is expected to begin this month and will be completed by the fall.

The jetty, which was built in 1940 and elevated in 1974, was damaged when Hurricane Sandy battered the north side of the inlet, according to state Environmental Commissioner Bob Martin.

The 10-mile-long Island Beach, located between the ocean and the Barnegat Bay, is one of the few remaining undeveloped barrier ecosystems on the northern Atlantic Coast. The corps dredged the inlet last July to provide a reliable and safe navigation channel for the Coast Guard and the region's large commercial fishing fleet and recreational vessels.

"This project will bring much-needed stabilization of the jetty at Island Beach State Park and should be the final piece of the post-storm restoration of our state park," Martin said in a statement.

Sandy displaced a large portion of the stones along the section of the jetty that borders the park's shoreline, which is a popular area for recreational fishing. Since the repair work involves rebuilding a cross-section of the jetty using the large capstones supplemented by rocks and concrete, the beach area adjacent to it will be closed while the work is completed. All mobile sportfishing access points, however, will remain open to permit holders.

"This is part of the overall coastal repair and restoration effort along the entire New Jersey coast being done by the Army Corps of Engineers, in coordination with the DEP, that will result in a more resilient state shoreline," Martin said.

More information about Island Beach State Park may be obtained by visiting nj.gov/dep/parksandforests/parks/island.html. - Jacqueline L. Urgo

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