Army Corps shares update on Indian River Inlet repairs

USACE Philadelphia District
Published Jan. 22, 2024

 The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Philadelphia District awarded a contract to Agate Construction Co., Inc. of Egg Harbor Township, N.J. for $5.3 million to repair a portion of bulkhead and to sand-tighten a portion of the south jetty at Indian River Inlet in Sussex County, DE. Work is anticipated to begin in Spring 2024.

The contract calls for the repair of a failed section of bulkhead/revetment along the interior north shoreline of the Indian River Inlet. A deep scour hole caused by swift tidal currents within the inlet has undermined the slope of the “stabilized” shoreline and landward infrastructure. Additionally, the contract calls for sand tightening a 215-foot section of the south jetty. This work will involve installing steel sheet piling to reduce the amount of sand migrating into the inlet. Agate Construction Co. anticipates mobilizing equipment to the site in April 2024.

USACE is coordinating with the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control and the contractor on vehicular/pedestrian/trailer access to the inlet area at Delaware Seashore State Park, staging areas, and other site-related issues. DNREC Division of Parks and Recreation Park operations will be affected for the duration of this project.

A virtual public meeting will be held on February 15 at 11:00 a.m. (details below).

February 15, 2024, Meeting Details:

Steve Rochette

Release no. 24-002