Rehabilitation of the South Jetty-Ocean City, Maryland

by Edward T. Fulford, Andrews, Miller & Assoc, Cambridge, United States,
Gregory P. Bass, Andrews, Miller & Assoc, Cambridge, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Sediments


The south jetty at Ocean City, Maryland was rebuilt in 1985 to reduce the frequent shoaling in Ocean City Inlet. The project consists of a new jetty offset 30 feet south of the existing jetty and 3 headland breakwaters along the inlet shoreline of northern Assateague Island. The headland breakwaters were constructed to stabilize the Assateague Island shoreline following the interruption of sediment transport by the new south jetty. Both the Atlantic Ocean and inlet shoreline of Assateague Island responded rapidly following project construction. Monitoring and evaluation of the project was conducted between October 1986 and January 1989 as a part of the Corps Monitoring of Completed Coastal Projects (MCCP) Program. The monitoring program consisted of periodic aerial photography, profile surveys, non-directional wave data and periodic site inspections. Two of the objectives of the monitoring program are addressed in this paper. They are 1) Conclusions Relating to the Cause of the Problem Shoal, and 2) Effectiveness of the Rehabilitated Jetty Cross-Section and the Headland Breakwaters. Results indicate that the project has been successful in eliminating the shoaling problem and has stabilized the northern shoreline of Assateague Island.

Subject Headings: Coastal protection structures | Jetties | Shoals | Project management | Ocean engineering | Islands | Breakwaters | Maryland | United States | Atlantic Ocean

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