Army Corps to host public meeting on upcoming Indian River Inlet repairs

USACE Philadelphia District
Published April 2, 2024

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Philadelphia District will host a public meeting regarding upcoming repairs and construction at the Indian River Inlet in Sussex County, Delaware. The meeting will be held April 12 from 11:00-12:30 at the Hyatt Dewey Place (1301 Coastal Hwy, Dewey Beach, DE 19971).

The meeting will focus on upcoming repair work of a bulkhead along the north shoreline and sand tightening work along the south jetty. USACE has awarded a contract for this work to Agate Construction Co., Inc. of Egg Harbor Township, N.J. Work is estimated to begin later in the month.

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.

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.

The agenda for the April 12 public meeting is listed below. Attendees can park complimentary on Van Dyke or Dickinson Street (on either side of hotel) and enter the front of the hotel into the lobby for the meeting.

  • 11:00-11:20 – Open House/Posters/Informal Discussions with USACE team members
  • 11:20-11:40 – Presentation
  • 11:40-12:15 – Questions and Answers
  • 12:15-12:30 – Wrap Up

More information, including a recording of a recent virtual public meeting, is available at the project webpage:

Steve Rochette

Release no. 24-004