The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced they have awarded a $32.5 million contract to an Illinois-based company to complete periodic beach nourishment in Cape May County.

The contract calls for dredging more than 2.4 million cubic yards of sand and placing it on beaches in Ocean City, Strathmere, and Sea Isle City, according to a press release.

The sand will be pumped onto beaches at the following locations:

  • Ocean City from Seaview Rd. to 13th St.
  • Ocean City from 49th-59th Streets
  • Strathmere from Corsons Inlet to Prescott Rd.
  • Sea Isle City from the southern end of Whale Beach to 52nd St.
  • Sea Isle City from 68th St. to Townsends Inlet

Officials say most of the work involves widening the beach, but in some areas, dunes, beach access points, and sand fencing will be repaired.

The contract involves two separate Coastal Storm Risk Management projects. One is the Great Egg Harbor and Peck Beach project, which extends from Surf Road to 34th Street in Ocean City. The second project is the Great Egg Harbor Inlet to Townsends Inlet Project from 34th Street in Ocean City to Townsends Inlet.

A dredging and construction schedule will be finalized over the next few weeks.

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