Beach replenishment work at the storm-damaged north end of Brigantine — which had actually been scheduled before Hurricane Sandy — is close to being completed, officials said.
But the possibility remains that work could continue for one or two more weeks if the city is awarded more funding for beach repair.
The $15.7 million project was awarded in September for both Brigantine and Ocean City, said Army Corps of Engineers spokesman Steve Rochette. The federal government is picking up 65 percent of the cost, with the state Department of Environmental Protection funding 26.75 percent and the municipalities 8.25 percent.
The dollar figure was based on one contract, which includes equipment costs, and the municipal share of about $1.3 million was not specifically split between the two towns. But about 350 million cubic yards of sand is in the process of being placed in Brigantine, followed by one million cubic yards in Ocean City.
Sand should continue to be pumped into the area between 14th Street North and 14th Street South for the next week or so, Rochette said.
“But we’re doing evaluation of every project to see whether they would be eligible for (emergency) repair funding,” Rochette said. “We’re doing a similar thing for every project from Cape May to Long Beach Island.”
As for the sea wall at the north end, Brigantine city engineer Ed Stinson said that Atlantic County was including the damage in their damage assessments and would be handling repairs.
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