Stone Harbor & Avalon Beach Fill Updates

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Stone Harbor & Avalon Beach Fill Updates 2017-05-12T19:30:59+00:00

STONE HARBOR BEACH FILL PROJECT ENTERS FINAL STAGES

2017-05-18 18:27:17

North end beaches to be nourished to complete historic beach fill project

(Stone Harbor, NJ)—Stone Harbor’s spring beach fill project will enter its final stages during the evening hours of Thursday, May 18th.  Mayor Judy Davies-Dunhour and other Borough officials attended a progress meeting at the Stone Harbor Volunteer Fire Department earlier in the day.

“We are excited that our community will have a fully restored protective and recreational beach in advance of the summer season”, Mayor Davies-Dunhour said. “This beach fill project has made significant progress and despite unanticipated and unnecessary delays, I can report that this project will be completed ahead of schedule”.

The dredge “Texas” operated by Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company will remain in Townsend’s Inlet between Avalon and Sea Isle City for this final phase of the project. Approximately 320,000 cubic yards of sand will be placed on the north end beaches in Stone Harbor starting at 80th Street on or about May 21st.  This project will operate 24 hours a day with an anticipated completion date on or about June 10th.  Beach fill projects are suspended only for unsafe weather conditions or mechanical issues with the dredge.

Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company has placed 24,000 feet of submerged pipeline that runs in the Atlantic Ocean from Townsend’s Inlet to the landing zone on the 84th Street beach.  This is necessary because of an application of the Coastal Barrier Resources Act by the United States Department of Fish and Wildlife that both Stone Harbor and Avalon believe was misapplied for this project.  Ample sand exists in the Hereford Inlet borrow zone but cannot be used since this portion of the beach fill is financed with federal dollars.

The project will not be suspended during Memorial Day weekend. All beaches in Stone Harbor remain open for the summer kickoff weekend with the exception of approximately two blocks of beach immediately north and south of the construction zone, which will move in a southerly direction.  It is possible the beach fill project will be in the vicinity of 95th Street on Memorial Day, May 29th.

“Stone Harbor residents and visitors are so deeply appreciative of the value of beach fill projects and the resiliency they provide to protect our special community”, Mayor Davies-Dunhour said. “We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding of how important this project is to a community that may be exposed to the very worst storms in the North Atlantic.  As the project moves south, the small number of beaches that are inaccessible in the construction zone are re-opened to the public”.

Stone Harbor will continue to provide updates on the final stage of this project on its municipal website, www.shnj.org.

 

 


Avalon/Stone Harbor Beach Replenishment Update 4/26/17

2017-04-26 19:08:47

Avalon/Stone Harbor Beach Replenishment Update 4/26/17

Due to a weather conditions that moved into our area over the weekend which predicted 4-5 foot seas in Townsend Inlet the dredge Texas has remained in the Cape May Channel. Weather conditions observed, which included rough seas and dense fog, are being monitored and tugs currently stationed at the Townsend Inlet and the Cape May Inlet will notify the dredge crew when conditions are more favorable.

Sea conditions noted this morning were noted at 5-7 feet at both the Cape May and Townsend Inlets. The forecast is for the seas to calm down but it will take until Thursday afternoon before the conditions will allow the dredge to get into the Townsend Inlet and setup.  It is predicted that start up will begin on Thursday, April 27th in the evening.

Conditions will be monitored and updated if any changes are noted.  

 


Avalon/Stone Harbor Beach Fill Update March 31, 2017

2017-04-03 13:05:59

 

Avalon/Stone Harbor Beach Fill Update March 31, 2017

The beach fill project has been suspended for the next one to two weeks. Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company announced that a port breast switch shaft on the dredge failed on Wednesday, March 29th.  This will result in at least one week of repairs in safe harbor in Cape May before the dredge can continue working.  If time permits, the “Texas” will go to Cape May to finish a job before coming back to Avalon to complete the beach fill from 9th Street south to the northerly limits of 30th Street.  Avalon beach paths remain closed in the north end south to 15th Street.  Walters Marine is expected to begin work on beach paths on the new beachfront south to 13th Street in about one week.

There will be no substantive updates until the dredge is repaired and back in service in either Cape May or Avalon.

As previously reported, the final component to this beach fill project will begin after Avalon’s beaches are complete.   The Army Corp officially agreed to the proposal from Great Lakes for the supplemental sand from 80th Street to 105th Street.  When the bulk of the Avalon beach fill project ends in approximately five weeks, there will be a two day start to the next phase of the project.  The sand will be placed on the Avalon beachfront first, before the work is conducted in Stone Harbor.  The dredge pipe will be submerged from Townsend’s Inlet in the ocean to the landing zone located at the 83rd Street beach in Stone Harbor.  The project in southern Avalon and from 80th Street to 105th in Stone Harbor should take no more than 23 days to complete after it begins.  The anticipated end date would be June 17th.


Avalon/Stone Harbor Beach Fill Update ~ 3/23/17

2017-03-23 16:46:15

Avalon/Stone Harbor Beach Fill Update ~ March 23, 2017

 

Avalon and Stone Harbor officials attended the weekly beach fill project progress meeting in Avalon on Thursday, March 23rd.  Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company reports that the dredge “Texas” has placed 230,000 cubic yards of sand on the north end beaches in Avalon as of midnight last night.  This beach fill requires 940,000 cubic yards of sand to be placed in the project area from 9th Street south to the northern limits of 30th Street.  That leaves a volume of 710,000 cubic yards of sand to be placed on the Avalon beachfront which is essentially 24 days of work.

The United States Army Corps of Engineers and Great Lakes announced at the meeting that there will be work conducted on the Avalon beaches (weather and equipment permitting) until the end of next week.  At that time, “Texas” will depart the Avalon work site to finish a beach fill project in Cape May.  The Cape May project has involved the dredge “Illinois” which will depart Cape May for a project in North Carolina.  The “Texas” must leave Avalon to complete the work still remaining in Cape May due to restrictions placed by the Fish and Wildlife Service before a piping plover restriction becomes effective.  It is necessary for Great Lakes to finish this project by April 19th in Cape May before the dredge comes back to Avalon to resume the Avalon beach fill project.  By contract, Great Lakes needs to finish the Avalon portion of this joint beach fill project by May 23rd, and finish the next phase of the project involving the very southerly limits of Avalon and northern Stone Harbor by June 22nd.  The dredge is expected to return to Avalon before the end of April and continue pumping sand until the project is complete in advance of the May 23rd deadline.

The Corps and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection will both be coordinating the return of the “Texas” back to Avalon upon the completion of the work in Cape May.  Avalon, Stone Harbor, and all coastal communities have a past practice of working together to make sure that beach projects are coordinated and completed with the available equipment and with the various restrictions and interruptions that can include environmental concerns, unsafe weather conditions, and mechanical issues on the dredges.

Stone Harbor will continue to provide updates on this website when necessary.

Click the Link Below to view comparison of Stone Harbor Beach from January 12, 2017 to March 9, 2017

Stone Harbor Beach Comparison January 12, 2017 to March 9, 2017

 


Stone Harbor Beach Replenishment Update 3/16/17

2017-03-21 18:22:29

Stone Harbor Beach Fill Update as of March 16, 2017

 


The beach fill project resumed this weekend in Avalon.   As of last week, 135,112 cubic yards of sand has been placed on the north end beaches near 9th Street in Avalon.  Prior to this 385,160cy was placed on Stone Harbor beaches from 123rd Street and tapering off at 105th Street.   The Avalon portion of the beach fill project has approximately 32 days remaining; that schedule is also dependent on safe weather conditions and the mechanical condition of the dredge.  A post-storm survey was completed on March 16th to assess the damage created by last Tuesday’s coastal storm.

In Stone Harbor, crossovers have been repaired as far as the 104th Street beach, by the end of the day on March 16th.  Contractor will stop at 105th and not repair any other crossovers until they begin the additional replenishment in Stone Harbor.   Beach crossover work will begin on the repaired beaches in Avalon in approximately ten days.  The work crew will repair the crossovers as the new beach is being built.

The final component to this beach fill project will begin after Avalon’s beaches are complete.   When the bulk of the Avalon beach fill project ends in approximately five weeks, there will be a two day start to the next phase of the project.  The sand will be placed on the Avalon beachfront first, before the work is conducted in Stone Harbor.  The dredge pipe will be submerged from Townsend’s Inlet in the ocean to the landing zone located at the 83rd Street beach in Stone Harbor.  The project in southern Avalon and from 80th Street to 105th in Stone Harbor should take no more than 23 days to complete after it begins.  The anticipated end date would be June 17th.