Wed July 31, 2013
Dredging Delay in Delaware River Channel
There were no bids from contractors in the latest phase of deepening the Delaware River channel and using the sand to rebuild Broadkill Beach.
With the latest setback the Army Corps of Engineers says that it will try to figure out why there were no bids before moving forward.
Delaware Environmental chief Collin O’Mara told the Wilmington News Journal that he had just signed the last five outstanding easements that would have allowed the sand to be pumped onto Broadkill when he learned yesterday afternoon about the no-bid situation.
O’Mara warned that there could be a year delay in the dredging if nothing changes.
There are 25 Superstorm Sandy-related beach repair projects including five in Delaware.
The first of the projects got underway in Delaware over the weekend when dredging crews began work pumping sand at Fenwick Island.