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Agreement Signed for Port Monmouth Flood Control Project

A contract for the first portion of the project will likely be awarded in May, Rep. Frank Pallone said.

Long-awaited flood relief may be on the horizon for Port Monmouth. 

Army officials signed off on an agreement between the Army Corps of Engineers and the state of New Jersey outlining the terms and conditions of Port Monmouth flood control project, Rep. Frank Pallone (D-6) announced in a press release Friday.

"Many in Port Monmouth faced serious flooding during Sandy," Pallone said in the release. "All along the Bayshore, flooding has become an increasingly common phenomenon as severe storms have become more frequent and residential and commercial development has increased. "

The Army Corps of Engineers will likely begin advertising the first portion of the project in March 2014, with the contract scheduled to be awarded in May 2014 according to the release.

The project is funded with federal money from the Sandy relief package passed by Congress in January 2013.

The first phase of the project includes dune restoration, beach replenishment, the construction of a terminal groin and extension of the fishing pier, involving roughly 400,000 cubic yards of sand. The larger flood control aspect of the project includes levees, floodwalls, a pumping station and a tide gate. The more extensive improvements are slated to begin construction in 2015, Pallone's office said.

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