With plan in place, bids expected to be written by late Summer, awarded in Fall 2015
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-11), Monmouth County Freeholder Tom Arnone, and Neptune Committeeman Randy Bishop issued a statement today announcing that the New Jersey Department of Transportation’s (NJDOT’s) Office of Maritime Resources has provided a working timeline for dredging the State channels of the Shark River.
“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.
“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.
These estimates are all subject to the bid process requirements, the award of a feasible low bid 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” concluded Neptune Committeeman Randy Bishop.