A $5.8 million project to replace a deteriorating seawall on Route 146 is set to begin Sept. 8, the state Department of Transportation has announced. Continuous wave action, storms and major ones like Sandy and Irene have made various repairs to the existing seawall ineffective. In October 2012, the intensity of Sandy’s winds and wave action dislodged concrete barriers on the seawall and pushed them across the road. DOT officials said the work should be completed by the end of May 2021. The work will affect travel in the area for months. In 2014, DOT officials were contacted about poor conditions of the seawall that included dislodged rocks, unsightly Jersey barriers and roadway erosion. Highway Design investigated, and a project was initiated in 2015. A public hearing on the project was held in 2018.