TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — New Jersey’s beaches are bigger and better this summer, according to state Department of Environmental Protection spokesman Bob Considine.

“There’s actually kind of more sand on these beaches than there were a day before Superstorm Sandy hit,” Considine told WCBS 880’s Jim Smith.

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is finishing a beach replenishment project in Long Branch, marking the completion of the 45 miles of coastline with protections also bolstered in Long Beach Island in southern New Jersey.

Considine said all will be finished before the height of tourism season.

“People aren’t going to see the tractors and the cranes on their beach this summer,” he said.

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The $345 million effort was all federally funded, Smith reported.

Considine said it now sets the stage for larger flood protection projects scheduled for later this year.

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