Carteret, NJ – Mayor Daniel Reiman and Council President Vinnie Bellino have announced the award of a remediation and dredging contract for the first phase of the Marina project, to Cashman Dredging & Marine Contracting Company of Quincy, Massachusetts. Cashman Dredging along with five other companies submitted bids with Cashman being the lower bidder. The $21,943,650 award is funded entirely by grants from the NJEDA, the NJDEP and the Middlesex County Open Space Fund. To date, Carteret has received over $23 million in grants for this phase of environmental remediation and recreation project.
“The Marina project represents the next chapter of a long-term strategy that will transform former abandoned brownfield sites into a vibrant waterfront park and regional transportation hub for commuters,” said Mayor Dan Reiman. “The County always looks for ways to offer more recreational opportunities to our residents,” said Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. “We are happy to be able to help Carteret develop a waterfront destination by allocating Open Space funds to the marina project. These funds will enable residents from throughout the County to enjoy fishing, boating and other waterfront activities.” “Over the next few years Carteret will begin a slew of transformational projects that will include a 200-slip Marina, a Carteret-to-Manhattan Ferry Service and boardwalk/Riverwalk that will extend along the stretch of the Arthur Kill,” Said Reiman.
The dredging and remediation phase of the project is scheduled to begin in early July. Cashman Dredging will begin a round the clock dredging operation. The dredging is necessary to remove arsenic and heavy metal contaminated soils from the cove while ensuring the depth is adequate for draft clearance. Simultaneously bulkheads will be installed along with walkways for access to boat slips. Phase 2 of the marina plans will include inserting pilings and the construction of docks for boats. Plans and specifications are currently being drafted and will go to bid following there completion sometime this summer with construction beginning immediately following Phase 1 slated for early next year.