Notice to Monmouth Beach Residents
Sea Bright & Monmouth Beach Seawall Repair and Construction Project
Borough of Monmouth Beach, Monmouth County, NJ
NJDEP DCE Project No. 4265-15
The above referenced seawall project will be coming to close very soon in the Borough of Sea Bright and is set to begin in the Borough of Monmouth Beach on September 10, 2018. The project is administered through and overseen by the NJDEP Division of Coastal Engineering (DCE), who awarded a contract to the general contractor J. Fletcher Creamer & Son, Inc. last September. This project is intended to bolster the existing seawall and fill the historic gap at the Monmouth Beach Bathing Pavilion to create a unified, contiguous shore protection structure throughout both towns which acts as the last line of defense from the Atlantic Ocean. The seawall is supplemented by the US Army Corps of Engineers’ sacrificial beach berm constructed as part of their ongoing beach replenishment program. The construction of the wall is funded by a cost-share between the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the State of New Jersey.
Originally constructed around the turn of the 20th century to protect the now-defunct Central Railroad, the existing stone seawall that runs throughout Sea Bright and Monmouth Beach parallel to Route 36 (Ocean Avenue) has been constructed and repaired in a piecemeal-like fashion over the last century leaving multiple gaps and insufficient sections. These sections resulted in severe storm surge inundation and property damage throughout both municipalities during Superstorm Sandy in October 2012. Immediately following the storm, FEMA and DCE conducted a damage assessment of the entire seawall to determine the areas in need of repair and mitigation. After reviewing all necessary documentation that was submitted by DCE, FEMA officially obligated the project in November 2015, which is cost-shared 90% FEMA and 10% State of NJ. There will be no cost to the municipalities for construction items within FEMA’s approved scope of work.
Scope of Work:
The project scope in Monmouth Beach includes the following:
- Bathing Pavilion: NEW stone seawall construction to fill the existing gap spanning the length of the recreational beach fronting the Monmouth Beach Bathing Pavilion.
- A vehicular crossover ramp will be constructed to allow authorized vehicles and pedestrians to scale the new seawall at the north end of the Bathing Pavilion Parking Lot.
- The existing crossover at the south end of the parking lot will be reconstructed to extend over the new seawall.
- Access structures will also be constructed off the top of the wall in front of the Pavilion.
- Admiralty: Removal of the approximately 25 foot existing dilapidated wooden bulkhead and filling with stone between the seawall and concrete wall for the Admiralty parking garage.
- North Beach Sidewalk: Sidewalk repair at certain areas along Route 36 northbound.
- South of Pavilion: Minor seawall reconstruction at certain areas south of the Pavilion where large voids have formed within the seawall.
The contractor will begin mobilizing equipment and materials at the Pavilion parking lot on September 10, 2018. Construction on the new seawall in front of the Pavilion will progress for several months thereafter. The precise sequence of work for the other sections is still to be determined.
What to Expect:
- Seawall Construction: Starting as early as September 10, 2018 seawall construction operations will commence in front of the Bathing Pavilion, which will entail stone and equipment staging in the parking lot and on the beach, open excavation, and stonework on the seawall itself.
- Extended work hours: Due to the sheer volume of work this project entails, the contractor may need to work extended hours and/or Saturdays during the fall and winter. Stone deliveries may begin as early as 6am.
- Construction staging area: The primary staging area in Monmouth Beach will be concentrated to the northern half of the parking lot and beach area near the Bathing Pavilion. At the completion of the project a portion of the beach staging area will become additional municipal parking.
- Heavy truck traffic: The project will require approximately 1,600 truckloads of stone to be trucked in via Route 36 over the course of the project duration. Stone will be offloaded within the approved staging area on the north side of the Pavilion.
- Elevated noise levels: Noise associated with heavy construction equipment and the handling of large stones. The most perceptible noise will be when dump trucks empty stone onto the parking lot surface.
- Beach access detours: In the interest of safety, all public beach access in front of and adjacent to the Monmouth Beach Bathing Pavilion will be cutoff until construction is complete. The public will still be able to park at the south end of the parking lot and access the rear deck of the Pavilion during this time; however, all beach access will be prohibited. Pedestrians wishing to access the municipal beach should use the one of the four (4) existing public access staircase during this time. The existing public access staircases are located at Seacrest Road near the Cultural Center, across from Central Road, across from Cottage Road and between the Shores and Admiralty.
- Construction zone: The contractor will delineate the active work zone along the beach with construction fence and/or stockpiled sand and stone.
- Construction vehicles driving up and down the beach: Construction vehicles may need to access the beach from the Municipal Parking Lot to transport materials and equipment to the active work zone. Heavy machinery driving outside of a delineated construction zone will be accompanied by an escort.
- Large excavation areas: To properly construct the seawall in front of the Bathing Pavilion, the beach on the seaward side of the wall will be excavated approximately 20 feet below grade to install additional armoring stone to prevent scour during future storms. Due to the nature of excavating in a beach environment, the excavation will encompass a large swath of beach area in front of the Bathing Pavilion and will block off the public during construction as part of the work zone.
- Vibratory monitoring: The contractor will be required to monitor the effects of construction operations on adjacent structures with seismic monitoring equipment. Pre- and post-construction photo-documentation surveys will be conducted by a third party at all homes and structures determined to be within the limit of possible vibratory effects from construction operations. Impacted property owners will be contacted by the third party to schedule photo-documentation surveys before and after construction. It is the homeowners’ prerogative to permit an internal pre- and post-construction survey of their dwelling. Regardless, the structure monitoring firm will conduct external pre- and post-construction surveys at minimum. Any claims of damage from the contractor’s operations will be investigated and evaluated for legitimacy by the contractor or contractor’s representative.
The Commissioners and I would like to thank you for your anticipated cooperation during the project. If you have any questions or would like additional information please contact the Project Engineer, Rob VonBriel, at (732) 255-0871 or Robert.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sue Howard, Mayor