SEA BRIGHT: The construction and replacement of the protective sea wall in the borough is back on track for a November start date.
It was originally thought that the project would be delayed due to a "additional environmental reviews," but the latest report from Borough Engineer Jacki Flor states that the permit work should now be expedited.
Flor said at the Aug. 4 Sea Bright Council meeting that FEMA's latest benefits cost analysis determined a price ceiling of $34 million for the sea wall work from the northernmost Sea Bright border to Monmouth Beach.
The project was always slated to involve repairs to the sea wall in both boroughs, but now the price tag is lower than expected and must be stretched between Monmouth Beach and Sea Bright.
Flor said this will result in some changes in the work, but that they will mostly be aesthetic changes and not interfere with strengthening the wall.
The largest portion of the project will be the construction of a sea wall to the east of the municipal lot. That area previously did not have a sea wall and was one of the areas hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
The entire project will be performed by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).
The DEP will fund the engineering for this portion of the sea wall project and then it will be a 90/10 breakout for the balance of the project. Engineering for the project is close to $1 million and the new construction portion will be about $500,000, which will be funded 100 percent by the state. The borough will only have to pay $50,000 of the remaining $500,000 in engineering costs.