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Carteret Hits Important Milestone in Construction of Marina

Carteret Waterfront Marina. Click to enlarge.

Press Release 1/5/18

CARTERET – Mayor Dan Reiman has announced that the Borough of Carteret has completed the in-water component of the second phase of construction for its new municipal marina along the Arthur Kill.

The work, which included the installation of piles and a wave screen designed to enhance boater safety, was initially set to end on December 31st but received a three-day extension from US Army Corps of Engineers to allow for the completion of in-water work before the start of a federally instituted moratorium on activities that disturb waterway sediments in the Arthur Kill.

Mayor Reiman pointed to the importance of completing this work before the moratorium took effect.

“Had the contractor not completed this work before the start of the January 1stmoratorium we would have been prevented from completing phase II until late this year.  Now that we have all of the pilings installed and the wave screen is in place, the contractor can begin work on the upland improvements and installation of floating docks with a goal of having a fully operational municipal marina for the 2018 summer and fall boating season.”

Phase II commenced in October of 2017 and since that time construction has focused on the installation of a 700ft wave screen breakwater and 265ft floating wave attenuator, which will help protect docked boats in the marina from water displacement and wave action.   Contractors have also installed the piles that will support the floating dock structure of the marina.

The Borough will now turn its attention to the installation of 38,000 square feet of concrete floating docks, a gas and diesel fueling station, and sanitary pump.

The third phase of the marina project will include the construction of a waterfront marina center adjacent to the marina, a portion of which will be dedicated to marina operations. The marina center will also be utilized to provide a venue for educational and community programing and will include a waterfront bar and restaurant open to boaters and the public.

The Borough of Carteret received approval to build a public marina from the NJ Department of Environmental Protection in December of 2015 after Phase I, which was funded by a grant from the NJDEP Hazardous Discharge Site Remediation Fund program, was completed in early December of 2016. It included the dredging, remediation, and disposal of 118,000 cubic yards of sediment and spoils, as well as, the installation of 1,500 linear feet of steel sheeting bulk head.

Reiman lauded the soon to be completed marina as a significant accomplishment in Carteret’s efforts to restore access to the Borough’s waterfront back to its residents.

“Once this marina is complete, residents will have increased access to this important natural resource for recreational boating and fishing activities.” said Reiman.  “It is a perfect complement to all of the upland improvements we have added along our waterfront in the past decade.”

Waterfront Park features an array of recreational offerings for visitors including a fishing pier, boat ramp, miniature golf course, beach volleyball and bocce ball courts, as well as, a picnic area and pedestrian walkway that includes a sensory perception garden.  The park draws thousands of visitors to the Borough each year for events that include the Borough’s Independence Day celebration, an annual Latin Festival and Carteret’s Summer Concerts on the Bay series.

In December of 2016 the Borough was awarded two (2) grants totaling 13.25 million dollars from the NJDEP Office of Natural Resource Restoration to construct over 7,500 linear feet of additional pedestrian walkway along the Arthur Kill and to restore a second pier acquired from U.S. Metals as part of a settlement reached with the Borough.

The first award is a $6.67 million grant for the Arthur Kill Walkway (AKW) that will expand the Borough’s River walk south from Carteret Waterfront Park to Tufts Point and north to Noe’s Creek.  The southern extension will add 5,300 linear feet of walkway passing a dilapidated World War II pier, which is slated to be rehabilitated.  An elevated extension will begin at Waterfront Park and pass through a conservation easement acquired from U.S. Metals Refining (USMR). From the pier, the boardwalk will transition to a paved walkway ending at Carteret’s southern border with Woodbridge.  The northern extension will run 2,230 feet long to the Noe’s Creek tributary.

“When those walkways are completed, we will have provided public access to almost two miles of the Arthur Kill channel. Together with the marina project it will make Carteret Waterfront Park the most successful public access of its kind in New Jersey.”Reiman has noted in the past.”

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