The New Jersey Department of Transportation has awarded a $7.6 million contract to dredge the Shark River in Monmouth County after the effects of Superstorm Sandy created a greater need to complete the long-delayed project.
Mobile Dredging and Pumping Co. of Chester, Pa. will remove approximately 102,000 cubic yards of sediment comprised of sand and silt to "restore the state channels to allow safe passage for recreational and commercial traffic," according to a state release.
Crews will hydraulically dredge the sentiment and pump it through a secure welded pipeline to dewatering locations -- a portion of the Belmar Marina parking lot in Belmar and Seaview Island in Neptune and then truck it to the Monmouth County Reclamation
Center for "beneficial use," the release says.
"The awarding of this contract comes from the successful partnership of state and local officials," NJDOT Commissioner Jamie Fox said. "The NJDOT team did an outstanding job pulling together legislators, county, and municipal officials to make this long languishing project a reality. There were many hurdles involved but, thanks to the cooperation of all parties, the Shark River will finally be dredged."
According to the NJDOT release, the start of the work is expected in the coming months and the completion in the winter of 2016.