SEA BRIGHT: The construction and repair of the borough’s sea wall should begin by next spring, Governor Chris Christie announced during a press conference on Aug. 28.
“We know that rebuilding the state is the most important challenge we have, and it’s a challenge that continue,” Christie said. “Part of the process in the aftermath is ensuring the resiliency of our shore’s protection system so we can prevent damage from future storms and preserve our $40 billion tourism economy here at the shore.”
One of the ways to do that is to build and repair Sea Bright’s sea wall, Christie said.
“Mayor (Dina) Long, (Department of Environmental Protection) Commissioner (Bob) Martin and the team at DEP and FEMA have been working together regarding additional protection for the sea wall that protects the borough along the ocean,” Christie said. “I’m proud to announce today that the state of New Jersey is committed to an $8.5 million project here in Sea Bright that will extend the sea wall to protect the borough’s downtown area.”
The estimated length of the sea wall extension is 600 feet from East Surf Street to River Street. That area previously did not have a sea wall and was one of the areas hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
The section from East Church Street to River Street will require the installation of a newly constructed stone sea wall to bridge the gap between adjacent sea walls where none previously existed, to provide one contiguous shore protection structure.
“We’re also working with FEMA on further sea wall repair in the northern section of the sea wall for about 1,200 feet, the filling of an existing 20-foot gap at the Tradewinds section and the 275 foot bulkhead of the Anchorage parking lot which is being acquired by the borough through Green Acres,” Christie said.
The project will go out to bid later this year with construction beginning next spring. Construction is expected to last about a year and a half.
It will be financed by the DEP’s Shore Protection Fund and will be bid and overseen by the DEP as well.
Martin said the construction of the sea wall is an important step in protecting Sea Bright from future storms.
“The sea wall here in Sea Bright is just one piece of the comprehensive system to protect our coast and our communities from future storms,” Martin said.