The temporary steel sea wall erected along Route 35 in Mantoloking where the inlet formed during Superstorm Sandy is coming down, allowing beachfront owners to access their properties, Brick Patch reports.
Construction of a permanent steel sea wall is expected to begin early next year, wrapping up by the beginning of summer, according to the report.
The $40 million sea wall will extend along the beach from Mantoloking into a portion of Brick, according to an August 2013 Associated Press report.
The federal government will cover 80 percent of the cost of the sea wall, which will be driven 32-feet below the ground, serving as an anchor, and rise 16-feet above the beach, with sand hiding the structure, the AP report states.
Mantoloking and Brick will be responsible for keeping the seal wall covered with sand. The underground portion of the current seal wall will remain and stabilize the highway, DOT spokesman Timothy Greeley tells Brick Patch.
But the sea wall alone is not a panacea. It will serve as a component of a comprehensive solution, supplemented with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers beach widening and dune construction projects to begin potentially next summer.