Storm Defense

Featured Project 2017-09-26T13:57:36-04:00


The shore in New York experiences some of the roughest weather conditions and has undergone a lot of damage throughout the years. Past hurricanes and nor’easters have led to heartache for many homeowners along the Long Island coast. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded Bay Shore-based H&L Contracting, LLC the contract to carry out the Coastal Storm Risk Management Project. The project consists of rehabilitating existing jetties as well as building new ones to protect the coastline. Braen Stone was commissioned to supply jetty materials for this project.

Project Details

The two most prominent sized rocks for this jetty project is 10-15 ton boulders and 5-9 ton rock. The specified mineral for these rocks is a tough, abrasive, granite material, supplied directly out of Braen Stone’s Sparta Quarry.

The material leaves Sparta, New Jersey at 4AM and is being trucked a total distance of 85 miles to Point Lookout on Long Island, arriving around 6AM. Each truck is expected to make two deliveries per day and then get preloaded in the afternoon for the next morning.

Difficulties Encountered

When working on a job of this magnitude, there are sure to be some difficulties to overcome. Not to be discounted is the extremely difficult commute through New Jersey through New York City to Long Island. Due to the weight limits on the various road ways, each truck needs to be weighed on the scales before and after getting loaded with material. If the loaded truck is too heavy, some of the material in the truck needs to be removed and the truck will be reweighed.

In order to have enough inventory of 10-15 ton boulders and 5-9 ton rocks for the project, we had to alter our blasting model.

Due to certain animal migration activity, part of the job required completion by March 31st. The first phase of the project required an ambitious target, which has been achieved.

How Braen Stone Overcame Challenges

To ensure the first deadline was met, the entire Braen team from sales, production and management planned extensively. From a technical standpoint, we were forced to open our blast pattern dramatically to achieve desired results. In this case, we drilled and shot one row instead of three or four. We increased the burden between the hole and the face and decreased the spacing between each hole to do so.

Additionally, we allocated more resources in manpower and mobile equipment to meet the challenge in phase I.

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