Feds OK steel sea wall for Mantoloking, Brick

As men surf fish near the ocean, sand blows on mounds for beach protection in North Wildwood, N.J., Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, as the area prepares for Hurricane Sandy. From the lowest lying areas of the Jersey shore, where residents were already being encouraged to leave, to the state's northern highlands, where sandbags were being filled and cars moved into parking lots on high ground, New Jersey began preparing in earnest for Hurricane Sandy. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

January 2, 2014 1:43:28 PM PST
The federal government has signed off on a plan to build a protective steel sea wall in two of the Jersey shore communities hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy.

Bids are being sought as of Thursday on the $36 million project in Mantoloking and Brick.

The project will resemble a smaller steel wall that was erected after the storm cut a channel through the barrier island in Mantoloking, washing out Route 35 and depositing a house on the Mantoloking Bridge.

A massive emergency repair project was undertaken to rebuild the highway and fortify the area.

The Federal Highway Administration will pay 80 percent of the cost of the project, with the state paying the rest.

Work is due to start next month.