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Superstorm Sandy Spurs NJDOT to Construct Stormwater Pump Stations

USA

Challenge
Running along the Barnegat Peninsula in Ocean County — a thin sliver of land located between the Atlantic Ocean and Barnegat Bay — Route 35 is not just any road, it is the road. When Superstorm Sandy struck New Jersey on October 29, 2012, it left unparalleled devastation in its path, and this segment of Route 35 between Bay Head and Seaside Park was no exception.

Solution
Nabil Hourani PE, Associate and Project Manager for McCormick Taylor, tasked with the drainage and stormwater management re-design, concluded that the only way to provide real relief from flooding in this highly developed, low-lying area would be to incorporate stormwater pump stations into the design. The FHWA concurred and funded the project through its Emergency Relief Program, including a new drainage system with (9) nine pumping stations as part of a stronger, more resilient roadway.

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