Check OCNJ Daily for updates and photos of the progress of work of the Ocean City beach replenishment project for 2015 in the south end of Ocean City between 36th and 59th Streets.
DATE: Monday, April 27
PROGRESS: The project has reached 37th Street. Work on this first phase started at 42nd Street and will end at 36th Street. The tentative Army Corps of Engineers schedule calls for the first phase to end in “early May.” At this point, with one block to go, work appears to be well on schedule. Beaches are currently closed from 37th to 39th streets.
The sand in the completed area near 40th Street appears to be a little coarser than the native sand at the top of the beach, and it contains some small pebbles and shells. The hopper dredge reportedly is now gathering finer sand from a different part of the offshore borrow area. That helps them work more quickly and leaves behind a nicer beach.
The completed beaches are wide and elevated, and sand ramps allow beachgoers to cross over a pipeline that now stretches down the beach to the work area. Work can be viewed from the top of the beach at all blocks.
WHAT’S NEXT: The project will proceed northward to 36th Street. After work is complete to 36th Street, the next phases of the project will be from 42nd Street south to 49th Street (early May to mid-May), 55th to 49th (mid-May to mid-June), 55th to 59th (mid-June to mid-July).
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