Construction of a steel sea wall could start early next year in one of the Jersey shore towns hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy.
Bob Mainberger, Mantoloking's municipal engineer, tells the Asbury Park Press that the bidding process to find a contractor for the $40 million project could get under way later this month.
If that happens, construction work could start by mid-January and be completed sometime in June.
Officials have said the wall will run for the entire length of Mantoloking and neighboring Brick Township.
The two Ocean County communities have received federal and state approval for the wall that will be covered by sand and form the base of a makeshift dune system.
The steel sea wall is meant as a short-term protective measure.