Cheesequake Creek jetty may finally be rebuilt thanks to federal infrastructure act

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OLD BRIDGE – The long-waited reconstruction of the Cheesequake Creek jetty will be 100% federally funded and may soon become reality.

Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., was joined Thursday by federal and local officials, as well as marina owners, at Old Bridge Waterfront Park to highlight funding for water infrastructure and flood control projects.

Pallone announced last week that his district, which includes parts of Middlesex and Monmouth counties, will receive $197.4 million in new federal funding for infrastructure improvement, including $30 million for the Cheesequake Creek project.

The funding is part of the $1 billion in federal funding earmarked for New Jersey from the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

"This project is very exciting to me and to my siblings, who own Lockwood Marina," said Theresa Lockwood. "Cheesequake Creek is the only access to the Raritan Bay for four marinas in that area."

Lockwood and other marina owners have been lobbying local, county, state and federal officials for years for the project.

Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., was joined Thursday by federal and local officials, as well as marina owners, at Old Bridge Waterfront Park to highlight funding for water infrastructure and flood control projects.
Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., was joined Thursday by federal and local officials, as well as marina owners, at Old Bridge Waterfront Park to highlight funding for water infrastructure and flood control projects.

"I'm very excited that we finally got the right connection with Congressman Pallone and his office to get this project moving," Lockwood said. "It's been a long time coming and we can't wait for it to get started and get these boaters back out in the Raritan Bay where they belong."

David Reni, from Raritan Marina, agreed.

"As marinas that have been struggling on this creek, we're very excited at the opportunity that a couple years down the road we're going to be able to really flourish on this creek again," he said.

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Joseph Seebode, deputy district engineer and chief of programs and project management for the New York District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, said the jetty "needs reconstruction because it is now mostly underwater at high tide, allowing sand to migrate and collect in the Cheesequake Creek navigation channel, and this has seriously hurt and restricted vessels using the channel."

He said the project will rebuild the rock jetty.

Construction is expected to begin in fiscal 2024, Seebode said.

The legislation authorizes $30 million for the project, which will be 100% federally funded, Seebode.

Pallone said the Cheesequake Creek inlet was dredged in 2020 because it was shoaling.

He said storms push against the jetty, which causes damage and more shoaling of the sand into the inlet.

He said the problem must be corrected or eventually the inlet probably would have to be dredged again.

Additionally, $3.2 million in disaster relief funding will go toward the engineering and design of flood control projects in the Laurence Harbor section of Old Bridge, Keansburg and East Keansburg, Pallone said.

That funding will be used to see if additional flood control is needed or repairs are warranted, he said.

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