Government

Long-Awaited Lake Como Outfall Pipe Project Awarded to Bayville Marine Contractor

5e0553ae496a87c258c2_belmaroutfall.jpg
Bird Construction of Bayville has been awarded a $4.3 million contract for the Lake Como drainage improvement project, which is planned for this area of Ocean Avenue at the lake. Credits: Cathy Goetz
1f1d765c0a87168c7d80_belmaroutfall-2.jpg
The Lake Como drainage improvement project will be staged so that vehicle and pedestrian traffic along Ocean Avenue is not affected by the construction, according to officials. Credits: Cathy Goetz
5e0553ae496a87c258c2_belmaroutfall.jpg

BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ — A Bayville-based marine construction company has been awarded a $4.3 million contract for the Lake Como drainage improvement project.

J.E. Hannon Inc., trading as Bird Construction, was the lowest among 10 bids submitted for the federally funded project planned for the flood-prone area surrounding the lake in Belmar, Lake Como and Spring Lake. It includes construction of a 700-foot outfall pipe that will extend from Lake Como, under Ocean Avenue and into the Atlantic Ocean. The bid was below the $6.2 million grant the borough received as part of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s second round of relief aid for Superstorm Sandy.

The Borough Council on June 7 approved a resolution awarding the project to Bird Construction, whose bid also was reviewed the borough’s engineering firm, Maser Consulting of Red Bank, and the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection.

Sign Up for E-News

Although a start date for the project has not been released, all work is expected to take about nine months to complete, according to the bid specifications. The project will be staged so that vehicle and pedestrian traffic along Ocean Avenue is not affected by the construction, according to officials.

The long-awaited project involves the construction of a 60-inch-diameter iron and concrete-reinforced pipeline that will replace an inadequate narrow pipe currently draining into the ocean. Whenever heavy rains are forecasted, the situation prompts the need for temporary pumps to be set up at the lake to reduce flood risk in the surrounding residential streets.

The work will also entail the reconstruction of existing utilities, including manholes and pipes, along Ocean Avenue and North Boulevard, which borders the lake, and the restoration of the entire project area.

After nearly a two-year wait, borough officials in April received the final permits required from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and N.J. Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for the project. In 2015, Belmar received financing for the project through a $50 million Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery, administered by the DEP’s Flood Hazard Risk Reduction and Resiliency Grant Program.

Belmar was among eight municipalities in New Jersey to receive these grants, awarded to fund projects or improvements aimed at preventing the massive flooding that occurred during Superstorm Sandy.

During the epic storm on October 29, 2012, the areas of Belmar, Lake Como and Spring Lake surrounding Lake Como were under water for more than a week, causing millions of dollars of damage to homes and streets. Belmar was given jurisdiction over the project at the state’s request, after a commission representing all three municipalities initially applied for funding.

Bird Construction specializes in marine construction, including bulkheading, pile driving, dock building, dredging, pile foundations, wood piles, steel sheeting, vinyl sheeting, H-beams, pipe and cofferdams, according to its company profile. Serving New Jersey and New York since 1964, it has been a government-approved contractor for similar projects in Monmouth County, including a $4.6 million bulkhead and pier replacement project in Keyport in 2014 and a $1.1 million Shark River bulkhead replacement project in Avon-by-the-Sea, which was completed in 2016, according to the DEP.

 

TAPinto Belmar/Lake Como is Belmar and Lake Como’s only free daily newspaper. Sign up to get all the news as it happens at www.TAPinto.net/enews and follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TAPintoBelmarLakeComo and on Twitter at @TAPintoBelmar.

 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Belmar/Lake Como

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_b16a62849b07ee60898e_belmarmagicalgarden4

Sat, May 26, 9:30 AM

Belmar Magical Garden, Belmar

Belmar Magical Garden Tomato Plant Sale

Carousel_image_b18f08cd84a9fc177e77_bacsummertime

Sat, May 26, 5:00 PM

Belmar Arts Center, Belmar

Summertime, Summertime Opening Reception

Carousel_image_42ad6cce4531efa33059_belmarmemday-3

Mon, May 28, 9:30 AM

Monument Row, Belmar

Belmar Memorial Day Commemoration Ceremony

Carousel_image_fd06351ae136ade68375_mini_magick20180526-24059-19vei3m

Mon, May 28, 10:00 AM

Lake Como Memorial, Lake Como

Lake Como Memorial Day Service

Carousel_image_81aab3f8e91ffde9a46c_pinkforapurposecollage

Thu, May 31, 7:00 PM

Sweet Tease Tea Room and Cafe and Lynette's Healing Touch, Belmar

Pink for a Purpose: A Benefit for Lin's Linens

Carousel_image_764314da7a0371aabf9e_pirateday

Sat, June 2, 9:00 AM

Eighth Avenue Beach Playground, Belmar

Belmar Pirate Day Treasure Hunt

Carousel_image_ee3b903f652168aec49f_belmaryardsalespring2018__2_

Sat, June 2, 9:00 AM

Sun, June 3 9:00 AM Rain or Shine, REGISTRATION DEADLINE: MAY 28

Belmar Spring Yard Sale

Carousel_image_b1a6c47aa5bd2064444a_lakecomoyardsale__2_

Sat, June 2, 9:00 AM

Sun, June 3 9:00 AM Rain or Shine, REGISTRATION DEADLINE: MAY 25

10th Annual Lake Como Yard Sale

Carousel_image_d910ca4289e03130c44b_bbppiratewalk2018

Sun, June 10, 12:00 PM

Pyanoe Plaza (starting location), Belmar

Belmar Pirate Walk

Vehicular Homicide Charges for Driver of Paramus School Bus

May 24, 2018

MORRISTOWN, NJ — The driver of a Paramus school bus involved in a crash on Route 80 last week that killed two people has been charged with two counts second-degree vehicular homicide/death by auto.

After making his first court appearance on Friday, May 25 to face the charges, Hudy Muldrow, 77, of Woodland Park will remain behind bars at least until a May 30 detention hearing at the ...

Host an International Exchange Student

May 19, 2018

 

EF High School Exchange Year announces annual search for student exchange host families in communities across the New Jersey

 

CAMBRIDGE, MA — EF High School Exchange Year has kicked off its annual nationwide search for caring host families to welcome exchange students into their homes, including 20 students to place in New Jersey. 

Last year, EF connected more ...

Belmar and Lake Como

May 11, 2018

Belmar Police Department reported the following arrests occurred in Belmar and Lake Como from April 1, 2018 to April 28, 2018.

BELMAR

Ryan Miles, 33, of Belmar was charged with contempt on an outstanding warrant after his arrest on April 1 on Route 35 by Police Officer Patrick McGill.

Lisa Perrault, 49, of Long Branch was arrested on 16th Avenue on April 6 by Police Officer Patrick ...

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

May 14, 2018

With warmer weather and sunny skies on the horizon, it is important to remember that skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Skin cancer can greatly affect quality of life, and it can be disfiguring and even deadly. There are approximately 5.4 million cases of skin cancer diagnosed annually. Luckily, Skin Cancer Awareness Month provides a great time  to educate ...