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Borough Outlines Sea Wall Repair Specs

SEA BRIGHT: With the federal funding in place, the Sea Bright sea wall project should likely begin before the start of next summer.

Borough Engineer Jacki Flor outlined the different sections of the sea wall that will be repaired at a special workshop meeting of the borough council on Sept. 16.

The project is broken down into eight sections, which are all areas that FEMA determined to be damaged by Hurricane Sandy:

  • Section 1: Total reconstruction from from the Highlands Bridge to just south of Mountainview Avenue in the northern section of the borough. After construction, the sea wall will now match the rest of the sea wall in the area.
  • Section 2: Reconstruction and grouting of the top layer of the sea wall at the Anchorage lot, a DEP-owned property in the borough.
  • Sections 3 & 4: Construction of a sea wall to the east of the newly-built municipal lot. That area previously did not have a sea wall and was one of the areas hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
  • Section 5: Reconstruction of the sea wall Church Street to Surf Street. FEMA will pay for the boardwalk in the area will be taken down and rebuilt exactly as it was.
  • Section 6: The back of the sea wall will be reconstructed in the area behind Sea Bright Borough Hall.
  • Section 7: Substandard voids in the sea wall Donovan's Reef to Village Road and Sand Piper Lane will be filled using a concrete bag technique.
  • Section 8: Repair of a gap in the sea wall behind Tradewinds.

A vehicle crossover ramp will also be constructed near the Peninsula House lot so emergency responders can drive over the sea wall and onto the beach. The ramp will be faced with stone so it looks more like sea wall and is more visually appealing.

The replacement of all access points will be covered by FEMA, even those that are privately owned.

The entire project will be performed by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), which will bid it out along with some sea wall repairs in Monmouth Beach. Monmouth Beach's sea wall repair sections include the area behind the Monmouth Beach Tennis Club and 4,000 linear feet of concrete bag repairs.

"The construction schedule in order to get it permitted and advertised will be very aggressive," Flor said.

Flor said the project has a 6-month design schedule and an 18-month construction schedule.

"The funding is in two forms, a majority of the project will be funded by the state through a project work sheet for FEMA and the gap or the municipal portion will be the ($8.5) million the governor spoke to a couple weeks ago when he was here and that is their mitigation money," Borough Administrator Joseph Verruni said.

The borough will fund the design and engineering costs for the project but will be reimbursed through a state aid agreement.

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