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Army Corps awards contract to GLDD for Ocean City, Strathmere, Sea Isle City beachfill project

The initial construction of the Great Egg Harbor Inlet to Townsends Inlet project was completed in the spring of 2016. Work includes constructing a dune and berm system in southern Ocean City, Strathmere in Upper Township, and Sea Isle City.

Posted on October 30, 2023

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Philadelphia District awarded a contract to Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company of Houston, Tx. for $33.7 million to complete periodic nourishment of the Great Egg Harbor Inlet to Townsends Inlet Coastal Storm Risk Management project. The project is a joint effort of the Army Corps’ Philadelphia District, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and Ocean City, Sea Isle City, and Upper Township, N.J. Work is designed to maintain the dune and berm system in the communities and reduce the risk of storm damages to coastal infrastructure.

The contract calls for dredging more than 1.3 million cubic yards of sand from two borrow areas (one is located off Corsons Inlet and the other is located approximately three miles offshore of Sea Isle City). The sand will be pumped onto the beach at the following locations:

  • Place 257,000 cubic yards in south Ocean City from about 45th-59th Streets
  • Place 456,000 cubic yards in Upper Township/Strathmere from Corson’s Inlet to about Jasper Rd.
  • Place 252,000 cubic yards in central Sea Isle City from about 29th-53rd Streets
  • Place 388,000 cubic yards in south Sea Isle City from about 73rd St to Townsends Inlet

The sand is then graded into an engineered dune and berm template, which is designed to reduce damages from coastal storm events. The contract also includes options for the placement of additional sand. Dune crossovers/access paths, fencing, and other features will be installed/repaired as part of the contract.

Work is expected to begin in the Fall or Winter timeframe.


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