The New Jersey Department of Transportation announced the awarding of contracts for dredging in the St. Georges Thorofare in Brigantine.
The $603,000 state-funded St. Georges Thorofare project will remove approximately 40,500 cubic yards of sediment, which will be used for beach replenishment. NJDOT’s contractor, Mobile Dredging & Pumping Co., is expected to begin work after Labor Day.
This channel provides access to one of the state’s important safe harbors in which vessels can seek shelter during a storm.
Typically the state would not dredge in the summer, but the department has an aggressive schedule to maximize efforts during periods of favorable dredging conditions to alleviate hazards to boaters and commercial vessels. Efforts will be made to ensure work does not unnecessarily impede navigation.
In March of 2014, NJDOT announced the start of a multi-year, multi-million dollar State Channel Dredging Program that is designed to return New Jersey’s waterways, many of which have been severely impacted by Superstorm Sandy, to a state of good repair.
NJDOT will continue to provide information as these projects and others advance.