Gov. John Carney, Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons and Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester recently announced that next steps are underway in the beach replenishment projects in Bethany, South Bethany and Fenwick Island.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Philadelphia District awarded Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co. a $17.2 million contract, and work is expected to begin after the New Year. The costs of the project will be shared by the federal government and the state of Delaware and has been a priority of the Congressional delegation because it will help protect the homes, businesses and economy on coastal Delaware.

These beaches and dunes were damaged by storms, including a Nor’easter in October 2015 and Winter Storm Joaquin in January 2016. The project will involve dredging 1.2 million cubic yards of sand from approved offshore borrow areas. The sand is pumped through a series of pipes onto the beaches of Bethany, South Bethany and Fenwick Island and then graded into a dune and berm template designed to reduce potential damages to infrastructure, businesses and homes.