Laura Walter / Coastal Point

DE - Beach Nourishment Continues Smoothly, Despite Oil

Winter project avoids impacting the tourist season

Three weeks into the beach nourishment project in Bethany Beach and South Bethany, things are going smoothly, and the beaches are being built up.

Beach replenishment is part of a federal plan to prevent coastal storm damage to property and infrastructure. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers periodically pumps sand ashore to widen the beach and rebuilds the dunes, in partnership with Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control (DNREC).

Contractor Weeks Marine Inc. won the construction project and had completed about half of the South Bethany section, as of mid-November. Work began on Oct. 26, with an estimated end date in mid-December. Then the Bethany Beach section will conclude in late January. Both project areas are about a mile long each.

The overall project has not been significantly impacted by delays, though there have been some minor delays relating to equipment problems, inclement weather and the recent oil spill.

“They’re back on track now, so it’s pretty much going along fine,” said Edward Voight, spokesperson for the USACE Philadelphia District.

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