NJDOT begins second season of dredging Manasquan Channels
Project in Ocean and Monmouth Counties to continue until end of the year
(Trenton) - New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials today announced that the second season of dredging of the Manasquan Channels in Ocean and Monmouth County resumed July 5, 2017.
This is a continuation of the $3.4 million project that began in the fall of 2016 in which dredging of the Lower Manasquan River Channel and parts of Wills Hole Thorofare Channel were completed.
For the second season of dredging, NJDOT’s contractor, Village Dock Contracting, Inc., will dredge Wills Hole Thorofare, Wills Hole West, Crabtown Creek, Kingsbridge Channel and a portion of Cooks Creek in Manasquan, Point Pleasant Beach, Point Pleasant Borough and Brielle.
Channel use will be limited where the dredge is in operation and where the pipeline is carrying dredged material to its placement location. The project is intended to run on a 24-hour/7-day a week schedule and expected to run from July to December 31. Channel closures are not expected with the exception of Kingsbridge Channel, although this is subject to change.
Mariners should be advised that State Aids to Navigation (ATON) will be removed as necessary for the duration of the project. All mariners, including those utilizing human powered craft, should be especially alert to project pipeline routes and crossings. Updates to the Local Notice to Mariners should be expected as the project progresses.
The public is advised to be aware of and stay alert to the pipeline, buoys, dredge and other equipment during this time. NJDOT asks that no one approach the pipeline, dredge or any related project equipment under any circumstances, whether or not active dredging operations are observed.
Season two of the project is intended to continue to restore channels to their designed depths and widths. Channels will provide safe usage to commercial operators, and support emergency services such as the United States Coast Guard Search and Rescue operations as well as the State Police.
The project will utilize Gull Island Confined Disposal Facility (CDF) as a dewatering area and where possible sand dredged from the channels will be beneficially placed on local beaches.