Dune Project Information

We have compiled a few important facts on the dune replenishment project and will provide updates as the project progresses.

*Update as of August 31, 2017*

Buffalo Avenue through Pittsburgh Avenue remains closed today as the Army Corp expects to begin pumping sand again this afternoon. All of the lifeguard stands are open with Buffalo Avenue being just north of the pipe and the Lafayette Avenue stand located just south of Pittsburgh Avenue. The surfing beach between New Haven and Buffalo Avenue is open again and only the kayaking beach between Buffalo and Lafayette is closed.

*Update as of August 28, 2017*

Buffalo Avenue through Pittsburgh Avenue remains closed today. All of the lifeguard stands are open with Buffalo Avenue being just north of the pipe and the Lafayette Avenue stand located just south of Pittsburgh Avenue. The surfing beach between New Haven and Buffalo Avenue is open again and only the kayaking beach between Buffalo and Lafayette is closed.

*Update as of August 27, 2017*

The pipe is located in the same spot, from Buffalo Avenue to Pittsburgh Avenue, so that stretch of beach remains closed today. All of the lifeguard stands are open with Buffalo Avenue being just north of the pipe and the Lafayette Avenue lifeguard stand located just south of Pittsburgh Avenue. The surfing beach between New Haven Avenue and Buffalo Avenue is open again and only the kayaking beach between Buffalo and Lafayette is closed.

*Update as of August 26, 2017*
 
The following beaches are closed today: Newport, New Haven, Avolyn, Troy, Richards, Buffalo, Wissahickon, Newark, Rosborough, Philadelphia and Lafayette. The Buffalo Avenue lifeguard stand is closed. The Lafayette Avenue lifeguard stand will be on Melbourne Avenue.

*Update as of August 25, 2017*

The following beaches are closed today: Newport, New Haven, Avolyn, Troy, Richards, Buffalo, Wissahickon, Newark and Rosborough. The Buffalo Avenue lifeguard station is closed. All other lifeguard stations are open.

*Update as of August 22, 2017*

New Haven Avenue beach is closed today. The surfing beach is located between Buffalo Avenue and Newark Avenue.

*Update as of August 21, 2017*

New Haven Avenue beach is closed today.

*Update as of August 20, 2017*

Today the stretch of closed beaches is from Sacramento Avenue to New Haven Avenue, just past the ramp. Sacramento Avenue lifeguard stand is just north of Sacramento Avenue, the New Haven Avenue lifeguard stand is located at Troy Avenue and the Buffalo Avenue lifeguard stand is located at Wissahickon Avenue.  The surfing beach between New Haven and Buffalo Avenues is open between the stands and the kayaking beach between Sacramento and New Haven Avenues is closed.

*Update as of August 18, 2017*

The same stretch of beach is closed today: Cambridge Avenue to Newport Avenue. The Sacramento Avenue lifeguard stand also remains closed for today. All other beaches are open.

*Update as of August 17, 2017*

The stretch of closed beach today is Cambridge Avenue to Newport Avenue. Sacramento Avenue lifeguard stand remains closed today. All other beaches are open.

*Update as of August 16, 2017*

Based on information from the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, we anticipate that beach closures will roll Downbeach towards Margate and Longport at a rate of roughly one to two blocks each day. We will continue to notify residents of changes to the schedule and any impacts they may have to beach closings as soon as we know. As always, we appreciate your patience and understanding.

*Update as of August 14, 2017*

Due to an issue with one of the dredges, the section of beach from Dorset Avenue to Harvard Avenue is closed again today.

The Dorset Avenue lifeguard stand will continue to be located at Dudley Avenue and the Sacramento Avenue stand will shift down south, if needed.

Since this stretch of beach where the work is taking place blocks the Cambridge Avenue surfing beach,  surfers are allowed to enter the water just north of the pipe, between Dudley and Dorset Avenues. From there, surfers can paddle down to the pier and surf where they normally do and then paddle back and exit the water at the same place, as long as they are careful of the Dorset Avenue bathers (stand is currently at Dudley Avenue).  Surfers will not be allowed to enter the water south of the pier and access the surfing beach that way due to the dangers of shooting the pier.

*Update as of August 13, 2017*

The US Army Corps of Engineers is working on the beach from Dorset Avenue to Harvard Avenue so this stretch will be closed. The Dorset Avenue lifeguard stand will be located at Dudley Avenue and the Sacramento Avenue lifeguard stand will shift down south if needed.

*Update as of August 11, 2017*

There is very limited replenishment work to be done from Jackson to Suffolk Avenues. A pipe has been extended at Suffolk Avenue pumping sand and will continue at a fast pace moving Downbeach. Work north of the pier is expected to be completed before the Atlantic City Airshow on August 23, 2017.  The project is moving from beach to beach as quickly as possible. Ventnor City Beach Patrol will open or close beaches as necessary.

*Update as of August 10, 2017*

Beach replenishment is expected to resume in the City of Ventnor as early as Saturday, August 12, according to an update from the US Army Corps of Engineers. The project will resume at Jackson Avenue and move downbeach. The work is expected to last approximately three to four weeks, but may move quicker as the project did in Atlantic City.

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For daily updates from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, please click on the link below:

Absecon Island Construction Status Updates

General Information:

  • The project will resume at Jackson Avenue and move downbeach.
  • The pipe providing dredge sand for the project will come ashore at Fredericksburg Avenue and feed sand up the beach for the entirety of the project.
  • The entire beach will not be disrupted. Replenishment will be limited to approx. 1,000 ft. at a time (about 1-2 blocks). This area will be identified prior to lifeguards coming on duty. The rest of the beach will remain accessible.
  • A gravel or sand path will provide access to the beach from the boardwalk and will continue as flat as possible over dunes.
  • Equipment will be housed between the Volleyball courts and Suffolk Avenue while not in use.

For more information, please see:

Frequently Asked Questions

For all other inquiries, please contact:

Steve Rochette
Public Affairs Office, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Philadelphia District
215-656-6432