Mayor: Work on New Terminal Groin in Holgate Successful

Long Beach Township Primes South End Beaches for Heart of Summer
By JULIET KASZAS-HOCH | Jun 26, 2019
Photo by: Ryan Morrill

Holgate — In mid-February, contractor R.E. Pierson Construction Co. completed repairs to the terminal groin in Holgate, adding new steel sheeting to the wooden structure. Long Beach Township refers to this as the first phase of the project, and according to Mayor Joseph Mancini, the work is paying off.

“Stage one of our terminal groin has stabilized and grown Beach 1, next to the parking lot, to pre-Sandy size. The south side of the groin is at pre-Sandy size and we are confident that the summer east wind will start bringing the sand back in the refuge area,” said the mayor, in reference to the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge on the far south end of the Island.

Edward E. Bonner, regulatory branch chief for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, explained prior to the groin work that “there would be 305 linear feet of steel sheet piling extending perpendicular to the shoreline (from the existing wood bulkhead). A total of 163 sheets, 22.5 inches wide, would be driven by vibratory hammer to a depth of -30 feet NAVD88. The top elevation would be 10 feet NAVD88 for the first 160 feet, and eight feet NAVD88 for the last (outer) 145 feet.

“There would be no stone placement, besides the potential movement or rehandling of existing stone that may be necessary for sheet pile installation.”

The state Department of Environmental Protection issued authorization to the municipality for the work in December 2018. That authorization included a Section 401 Water Quality Certificate, as well as concurrence that the proposed work is consistent with the N.J. Coastal Zone Management Program. Work finished up on Feb. 20.

“When phase two is complete the sand should extend north for five to six blocks and totally stabilize the area,” Mancini remarked. At a meeting this spring, he said he hopes phase two – which would lengthen the jetty – will come to fruition in a year or so.

As the mayor also pointed out, with summer nearly in full swing, the township took sand that was cleaned out and stockpiled from beach walkovers from Brant Beach down to North Beach Haven and dumped more than 100 truckloads on beaches in Holgate, from Jacqueline Avenue south, to help bulk up those locations.  —J.K.-H.

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