GREAT EGG HARBOR, NJ—Great Lakes Dredge & DockCorporation has been awarded contracts for projects alongthe New Jersey shore with an aggregate value of over $185 million,with additional options still to be awarded valued at more than $25million, and a deepening project in the Arthur KillChannel located between New Jersey and Staten Islandvalued at more than $25 million. Great Lakes isthelargest provider of dredging services in the United States and theonly US dredging company with significant internationaloperations.

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The New Jersey shore projects will provide risk reduction tocoastal regions and reduce impacts from future storms. The projectsare being funded by the Super Storm Sandy SupplementalAppropriations Bill that was signed into law in the wake of 2012'sSuperstorm Sandy, one of the costliest coastal storms in UnitedStates history.

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“Super Storm Sandy caused great destruction along the East Coastof the United States. The berms and dunes that GreatLakes will build will help to fortify the coast, protectthe communities along the New Jersey shore and reduce futuredamage,” says David Simonelli, GreatLakes' president of Dredging Operations. “ThroughoutGreat Lakes' 124 year history, we have completeddozens of projects along the coast of New Jersey and are pleased tobe working under contract with the Philadelphia DistrictCorps of Engineers to perform this critical work. Weacknowledge the important role that the State of New Jersey hasplayed in facilitating and funding these projects. We are alsohopeful that the attention on coastal damage from Superstorm Sandywill bring a national, long term commitment to the need forinvestment in coastal protection. Robust coastal protection systemsthat are constructed appropriately and consistently maintained arethe best solution to lessen the impact of coastal storms,”

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The Great Egg Harbor Inlet to Townsends Inlet,NJ award, valued at $58 million with potential optionsstill to be awarded of $10 million, includes dredging 1.6 millioncubic yards of sand from an offshore borrow area and pumping it toshore to create berms and dunes along 10 miles of beach.

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This stretch of the coast includes Ocean City,Upper Township and Sea IsleCity. The second award, Long Beach Island/ Barnegat Inlet to Little Egg Harbor Inlet, includesdredging more than eight million cubic yards of sand to build bermsand dunes across a 12.5 mile stretch of coastline. This award isvalued at $128 million, with more than $15 million in options stillto be awarded. Great Lakes will mobilize multipledredging vessels to complete these projects.

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The $25 million award for the Arthur Kill ChannelNavigation project involves deepening the channel betweenStaten Island, New York and Union County, New Jersey from itsexisting 35 feet depth to a depth of 40 feet. The work involves theexcavation of silt, glacial till and red shale rock requiringsubaqueous drilling and blasting.

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“The Arthur Kill Navigation Channel is criticalfor vessels calling at the Port of New York and NewJersey. We look forward to working with the NewYork District Corps of Engineers and The PortAuthority of New York and New Jersey as it continues toexecute its master plan to deepen the port to 50 feet.”

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The deepening of the Arthur Kill Channel willbe the final milestone achieved in the overall HarborDeepening Project. Great Lakes has beenawarded or participated in more than 14 projects since the plan todeepen the Port of New York and New Jersey to 50 feet began. Thecompany has played a major role in the development of thePort of New York and New Jersey since 1910.

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Steve Lubetkin is the New Jersey and Philadelphia editor for GlobeSt.com. He is currently filling in covering Chicago and Midwest markets until a new permanent editor is named. He previously filled in covering Atlanta. Steve’s journalism background includes print and broadcast reporting for NJ news organizations. His audio and video work for GlobeSt.com has been honored by the Garden State Journalists Association, and he has also been recognized for video by the New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He has produced audio podcasts on CRE topics for the NAR Commercial Division and the CCIM Institute. Steve has also served (from August 2017 to March 2018) as national broadcast news correspondent for CEOReport.com, a news website focused on practical advice for senior executives in small- and medium-sized companies. Steve also reports on-camera and covers conferences for NJSpotlight.com, a public policy news coverage website focused on New Jersey government and industry; and for clients of StateBroadcastNews.com, a division of The Lubetkin Media Companies LLC. Steve has been the computer columnist for the Jewish Community Voice of Southern New Jersey, since 1996. Steve is co-author, with Toronto-based podcasting pioneer Donna Papacosta, of the book, The Business of Podcasting: How to Take Your Podcasting Passion from the Personal to the Professional. You can email Steve at [email protected].