Beautiful Ventnor City beaches after sand was brought in to replenish the shoreline.
Beautiful Ventnor City beaches after sand was brought in to replenish the shoreline.

If you haven’t been to the Ventnor and Atlantic City Beaches lately, you are in for a real surprise.

An $18 million beach replenishment project began in Atlantic City in March 2012 and was recently stopped on June 29. Partly financed by the state Shore Protection Fund, the project involves reconstructing beaches and dunes from the Absecon Inlet in Atlantic City to Fredricksburg Avenue at the border of Ventnor and Margate.

The 5.1-mile project, performed by the Army Corps of Engineers, included reconstruction of pedestrian and vehicle beach crossovers, repair of handicap dune crossovers, planting of dune and beach grasses, and erection of sand fencing. In addition, it will include storm water outfall system improvements at three locations in Atlantic City: New Jersey Avenue, just north of the Steel Pier, and in front of the Resorts Casino.

The Army Corps of Engineers awarded the project to Weeks Marine via a public bidding process.

The project will not affect beach use during the busy summer season. The contractor will not perform any work on the beach from June 29 to Sept. 5, and will return in October to complete the beach grass and dune plantings.

Atlantic City is to receive 1 million cubic yards of beach fill, and Ventnor is to receive 325,000 cubic yards. Total pumping time for sand replenishment is expected to be 40 days in Atlantic City and 30 days in Ventnor, with crossover and outfall work following each approved section of the beach replenishment.

The work is jointly financed by the federal government, the Department of Environmental Protection and local municipalities. The federal government is funding 65 percent of the project, or $11.7 million. The DEP is paying 35 percent, or $4.3 million. Local governments are sharing 25 percent of the costs, withAtlantic City paying $1.1 million and Ventnor paying $525,000.