LONG BRANCH: The city beach replenishment project is almost finished and now has a completion date of no later than June 18.
Long Branch Office of Emergency Management Coordinator Stan Dziuba said during the June 10 Long Branch Council meeting that the company that is performing the dredging had originally said the work would be done by June 14, but that weather and other problems have prolonged the work over the last few months.
Officials had hoped the work would be done by June 14, because signifies the beginning of the stretch of time when the city's charges people to access the beaches every day of the week. Since Memorial Day weekend, beach badges have only been necessary for beachgoers on weekends.
Dziuba said the dredgers' supply line cracked on Sunday, June 8, which supplies sand from the dredge boat to the beach down in West end, it's got a crack in it.
A new pipe had to installed on the beach in West End which runs close to the water, about 25-30 yards off the surf line, from North Bath Avenue to Cottage Place.
Dziuba said these beaches will not be effected as sand ramps were built over the pipe every 20-25 yards.
He said the only beaches left to be dredged are between West End and Cottage Place and that New Court beach, which has been closed the last three weeks, will be open this weekend.
"There is a possibility that we could open up Brighton," Dziuba said.
He said he would know later this week whether or not Brighton Avenue beach will be open to the public.
The $40 million federally-funded project, which began in November, is pumping 3.3 million cubic yards of sand onto the city's beaches, which will be about 250 feet wide once the work is completed.