Why engineers use different barriers to protect N.J. coastal towns

BILL BARLOW / WHYY – New Jersey’s East Point Lighthouse at the mouth of the Maurice River has survived pelting winds, driving storms and long periods of neglect in its 170 years.

Before the end of this year, a state project could help protect the historic building on the Delaware Bay from eroding land and rising seas.

The state plans to install 900 feet of Geotube, made of flexible material filled with sand, to protect the lighthouse and its sandy bayfront parking lot from tide-driven floods.

The bids will go out soon, with the work to begin in late summer, said Larry Hajna, a Department of Environmental Protection spokesman …

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