Beach Nourishment Contract Awarded

Date Posted: Monday, September 28th, 2020

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Awards Contract for Periodic Beach Nourishment

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) notified us that construction on the beach nourishment project for South Bethany and Bethany, could begin as early as mid-October. The contract was awarded just over a week ago to Weeks Marine, Inc., in the amount of $11.1 million. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and Weeks are finalizing documents that will allow them to start the project as quickly as possible. There is no official schedule at this time, but some oceanfront property owners may start receiving letters about the project as well as one regarding seismic monitoring to ensure houses are not damaged by equipment vibrations.

Beach nourishment is designed to reduce the risk of storm damages to property and infrastructure. The last nourishment project was conducted in 2018. This project will involve dredging more than 732,000 cubic yards of sand from offshore borrow sites. In South Bethany, work is expected to take place between Sandpiper Village to just south of Logan Street.

The beach nourishment project is cost-shared between the Federal government and the State of Delaware. We will continue to keep you apprised as we are notified by DNREC or the USACE.