Beach Replenishment Starting Soon

Jul 13, 2013 -- 7:41pm

Beach replenishment will be starting soon, and will be working its way from south to north along the Atlantic coast of Sussex County.

The Army Corps of Engineers will begin the $19.3 million project a little later this month in Fenwick Island. The work there will last for three to four weeks before moving north to Bethany Beach and South Bethany. The Corps will also rebuild the beach and sand dunes on the north side of the Indian River Inlet, and will then reach Dewey Beach and Rehoboth Beach in the fall.

The cost of the project is being covered with funding from the $60 billion federal aid package that was passed by Congress this spring. Another $6.6 million was set aside to replenish the beach near the inlet. The Corps will be pumping about 2 million cubic yards of sand onto Delaware's beaches to restore them to their full width, and the dunes to their full height.

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