PORT MONMOUTH, NJ – Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) and Colonel Paul Owen, Commander of the New York District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, announced that work will begin on the first phase of the Port Monmouth Hurricane and Storm Damage Reduction Project. This $17.7 million project will reduce the risks that coastal storms pose to residents and businesses in the Port Monmouth area. The project is federally funded through the Sandy relief package that Pallone fought for and helped to pass in Congress in January 2013.
This first phase of the project will include dune restoration, beach replenishment, groin work, extension of the fishing pier, and construction of protective dunes, which will involve roughly 400,000 cubic yards of sand. Pallone highlighted the fact that this flood control project will address major flood prevention to protect the low-lying residential and commercial areas in the Port Monmouth section of Middletown Township.
Congressman Pallone and Colonel Owen were joined by Stephanie Murray, Mayor of Middletown; Tony Mercantante, Middletown Township Administrator; and George VanBuskirk, a Port Monmouth homeowner.
Photos courtesy of Linda Baum