BY MARY MARSHALL
Construction for a 4-mile-long steel wall has been underway since Thursday in two shore towns devastated by Superstorm Sandy. Some Environmentalists are expressing concern over the expensive precaution.
Mantoloking and Brick Township were the two towns hit hardest by the storm. According to The Associated Press, construction first broke ground at the site where the Atlantic Ocean created a channel through to Barnegat Bay. This channel not only obstructed a major state highway, but also wrecked part of an essential bridge on the barrier island.
According to 6abc.com, the construction will cost $23 million dollars. It will be mostly funded by the federal government, and an Army Corps of Engineers beach replenishment project aiming to expand the beach in front of the wall to 300 feet will follow.
NJ DEP commissioner Bob Martin explained to 6abc.com how the construction will work, "It's built underneath the dunes. It's not on top, it's not a wall up above. It's built under the dunes."