WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) announced that the Army Corps of Engineers has awarded the contract for dredging Shoal Harbor and Compton Creek in Belford, New Jersey.  The $2 million contract has been awarded to M.E.R.I.T. Inc., a small business located in Newark, New Jersey.  The project will be completed with federal funds from the Sandy relief package passed by Congress in January 2013.

“I am pleased to announce that a contract has been awarded and that work can soon begin on this dredging project in Belford.  Projects like this are vital to the Jersey shore economy,” said Congressman Pallone.  “This dredging will bring much needed relief to local boaters and businesses that depend on these waterways being navigable, like the Belford Seafood Co-Op and the Belford Ferry.  I am glad that the Army Corps of Engineers is undertaking these important projects as we continue to recover from Superstorm Sandy.”

This contract provides $2,411,290.00 in federal funding to remove 89,455 cubic yards of sand in order to maintain accessible waterways after Superstorm Sandy.  The project is set to begin in June 2014.