Mantoloking's Steel Sea-Wall Construction In Progress - My9 New Jersey

Mantoloking's Steel Sea-Wall Construction In Progress

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Mantoloking, New Jersey's steel wall is underway. These interlocking plates of steel are literally being vibrated down 30 feet into the sand to form a wall against the ravages of the ocean.

Mantoloking Emergency Management Coordinator Sgt. Stacy Ferris has high hopes that this wall will be beneficial to the community.

"At the end of the day, this shows that the shore is back. And then long term, people can rebuild their homes, the highway will be protected. This is built to the 1% storm. God forbid that 1% storm comes, we'll be protected," she said.

Superstorm Sandy damaged the town of Mantoloking pretty badly, almost every home was hit. This $25 million wall is meant to prevent that from ever happening again.

However, some homeowners don't want the steel wall and have actually refused to sign easements allowing it on their property.

Ferris says they are persistent on this project and due diligence is already done.

"They invited environmentalists here. They looked at every single option they could and this we're being assured is marine-grade steel. It's meant to go into this environment and we stand by the experts," she explained.

The goal of the steel sea-wall has a lot to do with preserving state highways and byways like Route 35, while protecting the town's homes from hurricanes, tropical storms, and the ocean in general.

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