Work on the replenishment of Monmouth Beach is expected to begin next month following the award of a $12.9 million federal contract to Weeks Marine, Rep. Frank Pallone (D-6th.) announced Monday.
Pallone sought funding for the project from from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. In May, he announced $7.5 million for replenishment in Monmouth Beach. The $7.5 million is in addition to roughly $2.5 million that had been banked for the project through funding in previous years. The last allocation of $7.5 million allowed the Army Corps to move forward with the award a contract.
“The wind and flooding during Hurricane Irene proved how important beach replenishment is to the communities that receive it,” Pallone. “Beach replenishment protected the shore during the storm and as a result of storm damage this project is all the more necessary. Now the work can begin. This project will make a significant impact in the community,” Pallone added.
Pallone said the funding was obtained despite tight budget constraints and an aversion to targeted money for all projects nationwide. The money was approved as part of the fiscal year 2011 continuing resolution that funded the government through the end of the year and was approved in April. It is the largest funding allocation to this project in recent years.
In addition to the beach replenishment project, the Army Corps of Engineers in May approved funding for three additional projects. The South River Flood Control Project was allocated $250,000, which will allow the Corps to continue with the preconstruction, engineering and design phase. The Shark River maintenance dredging project was allocated $496,650 for maintenance dredging, which will enable the Corps to dredge the river's inlet this year. And $207,000 was allocated for the Raritan and Sandy Hook Bay, Highlands project, which will enable the Corps to complete the feasibility study.
—TOM HESTER SR., NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM