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Construction Status for Delaware Projects

  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) Philadelphia District received construction funding to move forward to repair the Bethany/South Bethany and Fenwick Island Coastal Storm Damage Reduction projects in Delaware. USACE awarded a contract to the Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company. 
  • Work involves dredging sand from approved offshore borrow areas. The sand is pumped through a series of pipes onto the beaches. The sand is then graded into a dune and berm template designed to reduce potential storm damages to infrastructure, businesses and homes.
  • Pipe and other construction equipment will be mobilized to staging areas prior to dredging and beachfill operations. The hopper dredges Dodge Island and Padre Island, owned and operated by Great Lakes, will be used to complete work. The dredges will work in tandem from a pipe landing (typically in the middle of a community and then first work north or south and then flip and work in the other direction). During construction, communities can expect construction crews to close no more than 1000 feet of beach as work progresses (closed sections are "rolling" and advance as the beachfill progresses). 
  • Work also involves repairing and/or constructing dune crossovers/access points and planting dune grass. Dune crossover work takes place within 14 days of beachfill work completing in a given area. Dune grass will be planted in late 2018 after the first frost consistent with best practices.

Schedule updated June 5, 2018 (Note: this schedule is an estimate and is subject to change based on weather; dredging productivity and mechanical issues associated with dredging equipment) 

Community

Estimated Start

Estimated Completion

Pipe Landing Info

Bethany

Hopper dredges Dodge Island and Padre Island arrived in June and began dredging and beachfill operations

Late June

First pipe landing between 2nd/3rdStreet (work north first and then flip south); Second pipe landing at Wellington Pkwy (work north then flip and work south)

South Bethany

Early July

Late July

First pipe landing at N. 3rdSt. (work north first and then flip south); Second pipe landing between Jamaica and Indian St. (work north then flip and work south)

Fenwick Island

Late July

Early to Mid August

First pipe landing between East James and Indian Street (work north first and then flip south); Second pipe landing at North Carolina St (work north then flip and work south)

Project Photos

The Fenwick Island Coastal project was initially constructed in 2005. The project is designed to reduce storm damages.
Delaware Coastal Storm Risk Management
The Fenwick Island Coastal project was initially constructed in 2005. The project is designed to reduce storm damages.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District restored the north shore of the Indian River Inlet by pumping more than half a million cubic yards of sand from the inlet onto the beach and constructing a dune. Hurricane Sandy caused overwash and flooding on the north shore, forcing Route 1 and the Indian River Inlet Bridge to close for several days.
Indian River Inlet North Shore Restoration
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District restored the north shore of the Indian River Inlet by pumping more than half a million cubic yards of sand from the inlet onto the beach and constructing a dune. Hurricane Sandy caused overwash and flooding on the north shore, forcing Route 1 and the Indian River Inlet Bridge to close for several days.
The Rehoboth and Dewey Coastal project was inititally constructed in 2006. The project is designed to reduce damages from coastal storms.
Rehoboth and Dewey Coastal Storm Risk Management
The Rehoboth and Dewey Coastal project was inititally constructed in 2006. The project is designed to reduce damages from coastal storms.
In 2015, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Philadelphia District conducted dredging operations in the Delaware River to deepen the channel and then beneficially used the material to build a dune and berm in Broadkill Beach, DE and reduce the risk of coastal storms for the community.
Broadkill Beach, DE
In 2015, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Philadelphia District conducted dredging operations in the Delaware River to deepen the channel and then beneficially used the material to build a dune and berm in Broadkill Beach, DE and reduce the risk of coastal storms for the community.
The Roosevelt Inlet-Lewes Beach project includes 1400 feet of beachfill with a 100 foot wide berm and a dune 15 feet above mean sea level.
Roosevelt Inlet-Lewes Beach
The Roosevelt Inlet-Lewes Beach project includes 1400 feet of beachfill with a 100 foot wide berm and a dune 15 feet above mean sea level.
The Fenwick Island project includes a 200-foot wide berm with an elevation of +7.7 feet NAVD, and a dune with an elevation of +17.7 feet NAVD over a total project length of 6,500 feet.
Fenwick Island Project Index Map
The Fenwick Island project includes a 200-foot wide berm with an elevation of +7.7 feet NAVD, and a dune with an elevation of +17.7 feet NAVD over a total project length of 6,500 feet.
The Rehoboth Beach/Dewey Beach project consists of a continuous beachfill from the northern end of Rehoboth Beach to the southern border of Dewey Beach, a distance of 13,500 linear feet.
Rehoboth Beach/Dewey Beach, DE Project Index Map
The Rehoboth Beach/Dewey Beach project consists of a continuous beachfill from the northern end of Rehoboth Beach to the southern border of Dewey Beach, a distance of 13,500 linear feet.
The plan for the Broadkill Beach project for the purposes of flood and coastal storm damage reduction is the construction of a dune and berm over a total project length of 14,600 feet.
Delaware Bay Coastline, Broadkill Beach, DE Project Index Map
The plan for the Broadkill Beach project for the purposes of flood and coastal storm damage reduction is the construction of a dune and berm over a total project length of 14,600 feet.
The Bethany Beach/South Bethany project area extends along approximately 2 miles of the Atlantic Ocean coast of Delaware in Sussex County, Delaware in two independent discontinuous segments, for both Bethany Beach and South Bethany.
Bethany and South Bethany, DE Project Index Map
The Bethany Beach/South Bethany project area extends along approximately 2 miles of the Atlantic Ocean coast of Delaware in Sussex County, Delaware in two independent discontinuous segments, for both Bethany Beach and South Bethany.
The plan proposed in the final feasibility report for the purpose of flood and coastal storm damage reduction and ecosystem restoration at Port Mahon consists of a 5,200 foot long beachfill with periodic nourishment to provide for horseshoe crab and shorebird habitat.  It also includes raising State Road 89 for a distance of 7,500 feet and placing riprap along a 1,200 foot length of the road to protect wetlands, and restoring 21.4 acres of degraded wetland habitat west of the road.
Delaware Bay Coastline, Port Mahon, DE Project Index Map
The plan proposed in the final feasibility report for the purpose of flood and coastal storm damage reduction and ecosystem restoration at Port Mahon consists of a 5,200 foot long beachfill with periodic nourishment to provide for horseshoe crab and shorebird habitat. It also includes raising State Road 89 for a distance of 7,500 feet and placing riprap along a 1,200 foot length of the road to protect wetlands, and restoring 21.4 acres of degraded wetland habitat west of the road.

Delaware Coastal Storm Risk Management Program Background

For more than 20 years, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District has worked in partnership with the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) on coastal storm risk management projects.  The District has constructed six coastal storm risk management projects along the coastline of Delaware (including Broadkill Beach on the Delaware Bay coastline). These projects are designed and built to reduce storm damages to infrastructure. Projects involve dredging sand from approved offshore borrow sites and pumping through a series of pipes onto the beach. The sand is then graded into a dune and berm design. Projects are periodically nourished with additional sand pending available funding. 

  • Broadkill Beach: initial construction in coordination with the Delaware River Deepening completed in 2016. Design includes 100 foot berm backed by a dune at elevation +16 feet. 
  • Lewes-Roosevelt Inlet: initial construction completed in 2004 with several nourishment/repair projects in subsequent years. Design includes a 100-foot berm backed by a dune at elevation +14 over a total project length of 1,400 feet at the northern/eastern end of Lewes. In January of 2016, the USACE Philadelphia District completed a repair/renourishment via truckfill.  
  • Rehoboth & Dewey: initial construction completed in 2006 with several nourishments/repair projects in subsequent years. Design includes 150-foot berm back by a dune at elevation +13.2 feet. The USACE Philadelphia District most recently renourished/repaired the project in 2016.  
  • Indian River Inlet Sand Bypass: The purpose of this project provides for construction of a sand bypassing beach plant, and operation of the plant for periodic nourishment of a feeder beach. 
  • Bethany & South Bethanyinitial construction completed in 2008 with several nourishments/repair projects in subsequent years. Design includes 150-foot berm back by a dune at elevation +16 feet.  The USACE Philadelphia District will renourish/repair the project in 2018. 
  • Fenwick Islandinitial construction completed in 2005 with several nourishments/repair projects in subsequent years. Design includes 200-foot berm back by a dune at elevation +17.7 feet. The USACE Philadelphia District will renourish/repair the project in 2018.  
  • Port Mahon: project was authorized by Congress in 1999, but has not been constructed. 

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