Brick Beach 3, the largest of the township’s three public ocean beaches, is bigger than ever following the near-completion of beach replenishment in the area.
The replenishment project has mainly shifted south of Brick Beach 3, to Normandy Beach, but some pieces of equipment and pipelines remain on the sand. Weeks Marine, the federal government’s contractor for the project, has installed temporary “humps” of sand over the pipeline so beachgoers can hit the much-expanded sand.
The initial entrance to the beach looks similar to how it always has, but once visitors pass the snack bar and small opening path, the entrance expands to a massive protective dune. The dune will receive acres of dune grass plantings in the fall, when the grasses are in transplanting season. The entrance to the beach will also be designed similarly to Long Beach Island’s beachfront, where a wide, hard-packed path will move down diagonally to the beach front. This design, officials have said, ensures that there is a protective dune both in front of – and behind – the entranceway to prevent the funneling or overwash of water during storms.
Officially, 8th Avenue; Brick Beach III Vehicular and ADA Crossovers are under construction, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Dredge boats were continuing to pump sand in northern Normandy Beach on Tuesday.