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Ill. company to begin work Saturday on $18.3 million beach replenishment project

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An Illinois company will bring in more than 1 million cubic yards of sand to help restore the Jersey Shore.
An Illinois company will bring in more than 1 million cubic yards of sand to help restore the Jersey Shore.

More than 1 million cubic yards of sand will be used to refill a stretch of shoreline from Asbury Park to Avon-by-the-Sea to pre-Sandy levels when an $18.3 million beach replenishment project gets underway this Saturday.

The Oak Park, Ill.-based Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company was awarded the contract in September. The project is expected to be completed by May.

U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-Long Branch) announced the project's start date Friday. It is being overseen by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and is federally funded.

"I'm pleased that this important project, which will help to protect homes and businesses from future flooding, as well as repair the destruction caused by Sandy, is underway," Pallone said in a statement.

The project is one of four that are intended to replenish the shore from Sea Bright to Manasquan, which will be the world's biggest beach fill-in attempt, according to Pallone. All work is expected to be completed by the summer.

"Our beaches are a fundamental part of life on the Shore, both for residents to enjoy and as drivers of tourism and our local economy," Pallone said. "I have fought for this and other beach replenishment funding for years because I know how important it is to protect some of our most fragile coastal infrastructure."

Andrew George

Andrew George

Andrew George covers the Statehouse from NJBIZ's Trenton bureau. Born and raised in N.J., Andrew has also spent time as a reporter in D.C., Texas and Pa. His email is andrewg@njbiz.com and he is @AndrGeorge on Twitter.

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