Army Corps updates Delaware dune and beach construction timetable

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District released an update on the construction schedule for ongoing dune and beach nourishment work along the Delaware coast. Corps’ contractor, Weeks Marine, Inc., is bringing a third hopper dredge to the site, which will significantly impact the schedule with construction beginning earlier than anticipated in several communities.

In April, Weeks Marine began conducting dredging and beachfill operations in Rehoboth Beach as part of a contract to conduct periodic nourishment on three dune and beach fill projects along the Delaware coast. The contract is a joint effort between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. The schedule and construction details for each community are listed below.

Dates are estimates subject to change based on weather (primarily sea conditions), mechanical/equipment issues, and overall dredging progress.

  • Rehoboth Beach (being executed with the dredges BE Lindholm and RN Weeks):
    • Construction is ongoing and estimated for completion in mid-May.
    • Sand is being placed between the City Tennis Courts area on N. Surf Avenue south to around Delaware Ave. (Bandstand is at Rehoboth Ave; beach fill template taper ends further south at Delaware Ave).
    • A pipe landing was made between Olive and Virginia Avenue. Work first proceeds north from the pipe landing, and when complete to the north, the contractor flips, and work proceeds south.
  • Dewey Beach (being executed with dredges BE Lindholm and RN Weeks):
    • Construction will begin after work is completed in Rehoboth Beach
    • Work is currently estimated to begin in mid-May and be completed in early June.
    • Sand will be placed on the beach between Salisbury Street south of the Beach Avenue area.
    • A pipe landing was made between Read & Rodney Streets. Work first proceeds north from the pipe landing and when complete to the north, the contractor flips, and work proceeds south.
  • Fenwick Island (being executed with the dredge Magdalen):
    • The construction schedule has moved up, with the third dredge due to arrive in mid-May.
    • Construction is estimated to begin in mid-May and be completed in late May/early June.
    • Sand will be placed from approximately James Street (beach fill taper starts further north at King St) south to Lighthouse Road.
    • A pipe landing will be made between Dagsboro Street and Cannon Street. Work first proceeds north from the pipe landing and when complete to the north, the contractor flips and work proceeds south.
  • South Bethany Beach (being executed with the dredge Magdalen):
    • The construction schedule has moved up with the third dredge due to the mobilization of the project.
    • Construction will follow work at Fenwick Island and is estimated to take place between late May and mid to late June.
    • Sand will be placed from North 5th Street (beach fill taper starts further north at Sea Side Drive area) south to North end of Fenwick Island State Park.
    • A pipe landing will be made between South 2nd and South 3rd Streets. Work first proceeds north from the pipe landing and when complete to the north, the contractor flips, and work proceeds south.
  • Bethany Beach (executed with the dredges BE Lindholm and RN Weeks OR the dredge Magdalen)
    • Construction would follow work at Dewey Beach or South Bethany Beach, whichever finishes first.
    • Construction is estimated to take place starting in early June and be completed in late June
    • Sand will be placed from Third Street (beach fill taper starts further north at Ocean View Park) south to Wellington Park (beach fill taper ends further south at Oakwood Street).
    • A pipe landing will be made between North 1st Street and Division Street. Work first proceeds north from the pipe landing and when complete to the north, the contractor flips and work proceeds south.

Weeks Marine will be using the Fenwick Island State Parking lot to transport equipment onto the beach. This will conclude by around May 8. After beach fill operations conclude in Fenwick Island and move to South Bethany Beach, beachside equipment will be transported from Fenwick Island to South Bethany Beach via the beach (three miles to the north). Equipment will be transported for approximately three days during off-peak hours with a spotter. Equipment will not be moved over Memorial Day Weekend.

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