Bids expected in late summer. Award anticipated in Fall of 2015
The long delayed dredging of the Shark River Channels is finally moving forward, according to a statement released today by State Senator Jennifer Beck, Freeholder Tom Arnone and Neptune Township Committeeman Randy Bishop.
The New Jersey Department of Transportation’s Office of Maritime Resources has provided a working timeline for dredging the channels. Requests for proposals (RFP) will be released by DOT in August or September, according to Arnone, and a contract for the project is expected to be awarded in late October.
“While the effort to dredge the State channels of the Shark River has gone on for over 20 years, I am pleased to see tangible movement, and the announcement of a timeline on when we can expect to see progress on this vital project for my district, and the region. Sediment sampling is already completed, with the data in review. NJDOT’s Office of Maritime Resources are drafting the permit plans and preparing bid documents to go out by late Summer.” said Beck.
The location of acceptable property to dry the dredged material before moving it to its final dump site has been the major stumbling block to the project moving forward. Arnone and Bishop told MMM that the approved locations will be disclosed in the RFP.
“With cooperation from our local communities, who see the importance of this project, we have made this project closer to a reality than it ever has been before. NJDOT has already conducted site visits at the proposed areas offered by local municipalities where the material can be dewatered. The project may take up to two years since there are certain parameters National Marine Fisheries has in place around when you are able to do this type of work, but will be well worth it.” said Freeholder Arnone.
The estimate of two years to complete the project is subject to a successful bidding process and the project running smoothly.
“The NJDOT and New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) have taken substantive, affirmative steps to getting Shark River’s State channel dredged and I believe we have all worked together to bring this project further than it is has ever been in recent history. This is a large project, with approximately 106,000 cubic yards of material to be dredged and requires communication and cooperation from the local municipalities, of which I am happy to provide,” said Bishop.