BALTIMORE - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $12.7 million contract for beach renourishment in Ocean City, Maryland.
The corps announced Wednesday that the contract has been awarded to Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company. Officials say the effort will move 900,000 cubic yards of sand to the beach. Work is expected to begin after Labor Day.
According to Terry McGean, City Engineer, the town has to replenish their beaches every four years, however, they are replenishing a year early due to damage caused by Winter Storm Jonas in January 2016.
McGean says the beaches and dunes act the same as the levees in New Orleans, adding their real purpose is storm protection.
"Our project has been very successful. The Corp of Engineers estimates the project has prevented over $900-million in property damage since it was originally completed back in 1991."
Work on the project will begin after Labor Day. Typically, three blocks of beach will be closed off at a time, with a particular block closed for three days at a time. For information on beach closings, you can find more at the Ocean City website - oceancitymd.gov.