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$25M beach replenishment work starts in Manasquan


MANASQUAN, N.J. (AP) — Wider beaches are on the way for some Jersey shore towns whose shoreline took a pounding during Superstorm Sandy.

A $25 million beach replenishment project will begin Friday in Manasquan, part of a project that will widen beaches between the town and Belmar to the north.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers work is among several beach restoration projects that were done this year, or that will begin next spring or summer.

The work will widen beaches, some of which have eroded to just 75 feet wide, to a new width of 150 to 250 feet.

But it will not include restoring dunes that washed away during Superstorm Sandy last year. That would have to be done under a separate project, possibly funded by state and local governments.