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Oceanfront Sheet Pile Project in Mantoloking, Brick to Begin Thursday

Brick's portion of the project will begin in August, officials have said

Sheet pile being delivered in Mantoloking, N.J., June 26, 2014. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
Sheet pile being delivered in Mantoloking, N.J., June 26, 2014. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
The installation of a protective steel sheet pile wall along the oceanfront in Brick and Mantoloking will kick off Thursday, state officials said.

For several weeks, crews have been busy creating access points and staging materials for the project, which will begin in Mantoloking at about 10 a.m. on Thursday.

Mantoloking will be the first area where construction will take place, followed by Brick Township on or about Aug. 20.

State officials are building the sheetpile sea wall 30 feet 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.

The $23,837,000 project will be funded mainly through federal highway grants, since the project will protect the rebuilt Route 35, a state highway.

Public and association beaches in Brick will be open during the project, though the transport of equipment may cause some temporary entrance blockages. When the work is being completed on a particular street, that street's beach will be closed for about three days.

The project is being undertaken now since it has to be finished by the time a federal dune and beach replenishment project begins this fall. The dunes from that project will completely cover the steel wall.
Andy Pat July 10, 2014 at 10:59 AM
It's like shoveling sheet against the tide! In the end Mother Nature has her way. So be kind to your Mother.
jim July 10, 2014 at 11:38 AM
Why don't they take all of that concrete from that disaster of a parkway there digging up and bury that in the sand to make a seawall
Tom Bolcar July 11, 2014 at 05:30 AM
Hurrah for the seawall from Sunshine Harbor, Bay Head Shores, Lagoona Village, Beaver Dam Creek, Metadaconk Neck, Cedarcroft, Mantoloking Road, Silver Bay, and all of the other back bay neighborhoods so devastated from Sandy breaching at Lyman Street and the Mantoloking Bridge. This project should prevent us from having to go through the past 18 months again. The water will rise again but without the barrier island breaching the flooding should be manageable.
Mac July 11, 2014 at 11:00 AM
yes, a four mile long, 15 foot deep ocean pool will be quite manageable - most residents will be able to dock their boats by a 3rd floor window
PM July 11, 2014 at 12:48 PM
There will eventually be a huge breach in the Normandy section of TR where the wall ends...that means Green Island is history!

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