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Fisherman's Cove Project Delayed

Squan officials hope to begin after Labor Day

A joint state, county and municipal-funded project to repair bulkheads along Fisherman's Cove in Manasquan hit a snag this week when officials announced that the Army Corps of Engineers had no money to fix a decaying portion of the federally owned jetty along the Manasquan Inlet.

Officials had hoped to begin the roughly $1.2 million project this spring and finish by mid-June, but due to the noise and traffic issues the work will cause along Third Avenue the borough would rather wait until after Labor Day.

The portion of the jetty along Riverside Drive that meets Third Avenue was damaged during Hurricane Irene and has only gotten worse, officials said.

The area is currently closed off to the public because it poses a tripping hazard, borough Engineer Charles Rooney said. A substantial amount of rubble will have to be removed before the affected area can be stabilized, Rooney added.

The Army Corps is revising a sketch for the contractor handling the project, he said.

The state will pick up 75 percent of the entire cost of the project, while the county foots another 20 percent with Manasquan covering just 5 percent, officials have said.

Officials are also mulling whether to allow the contractor to begin work at 7 a.m. instead of 8 a.m. The Borough Council on Monday discussed the possibility but decided to hold off on making a decision until their next meeting.

The project will cause loud noise and vibrations along Third Avenue due to the delivery of rock and stone and other work, and officials are requesting residents allow inventory of their homes to be taken in case the vibrations cause any damage.

Traffic along Third Avenue will likely be detoured around the construction area -- another reason, officials said, why they would rather begin the project after the summer season.

The state is reviewing the borough's request to push the project's start date to after Labor Day, Rooney said.

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