$202 million Project to Bolster Storm Protection for Union Beach

$202 million Project to Bolster Storm Protection for Union Beach

Today, Governor Chris Christie and Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin have announced a $202 million worth project that will strengthen storm protection for Union Beach, along the Raritan Bay.

It was one of the communities that were hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy. The flood control project will involve funding from federal, state and local governments. The project will comprise of the construction of levees, floodwalls, tide gates and pump stations.

It will also include the rebuilding of beaches, dunes and groins, which are jet-like structures designed to reduce the loss of sand from beaches. Under the project, more than 25 acres of degraded wetlands will be restored to help better absorption of flood waters.

This Christie Administration has promised that New Jersey's communities and infrastructure are better prepared to withstand future storms. Union Beach Mayor Paul Smith, Jr., has welcomed the news and affirmed that they are waiting when the procedure will start.

But the project is massive one and will take time. The final design and evaluation process is yet to be completed. Easements are to be filed and after the paperwork gets complete and final plans are approved then the first bid to start the construction will be made. It would not be awarded until late next year.