LONG BRANCH: The city beach replenishment project has been completed after nearly 7 months of work.
Long Branch Emergency Management Coordinator Stanley Dziuba said the project was finished on Friday, June 20 and that all beaches were open the following day.
The $40 million, federally-funded project will pumped 3.3 million cubic yards of sand onto the city's beaches.
With the completion of the project, plans are now in the works for the second phase of the beach replenishment project which will stretch from the area just south of Takanassee Beach to Deal Lake is Asbury Park.
City Attorney James Aaron said all the easement for the project have been signed.
This will be the first time the stretch of beach in the second phase has been replenished.
Congressman Frank Pallone said the project will also include the notching of three jetties. Notching jetties occurs when the section closest to the beach is demolished to allow water and sand to migrate from one side to the other.
Fisherman and beachgoers had raised concerns after it was announced that six jetties would be notched, so the plan was altered.
"There was also discussion at (the June 23) meeting of constructing shallower notches than originally planned in order to allow access across the notches during low tide," a release from Pallone's office stated. "The Army Corps is examining the possibility of that option with the three groins in Deal that will be notched, including Phillips Ave., Deal Casino, and South of Deal Esplanade near Marine Place."
The release also states that all existing beach access points and parking areas will be preserved and that there is a possibility that more access points will be created.
The contract for the second phase of the beach replenishment project is expected to be awarded in October or November and work is expected to begin shortly thereafter.