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WILMINGTON, NC – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Wilmington District is pleased to announce that a periodic nourishment contract was awarded on Nov. 30, 2018, at a cost of approximately $17.4-million to Weeks Marine, Incorporated. This contract for this coastal storm risk management project includes funding from multiple sources including federal, New Hanover County and the state of North Carolina. The non-federal sponsors for this project are the towns of Carolina Beach and Kure Beach.

Periodic nourishment, or placement of additional sand along the shoreline, helps ensure that this project continues to provide authorized storm risk reduction benefits to homes, businesses, and critical infrastructure as well as providing an outstanding recreational resource to the public until the next scheduled nourishment event, normally every three years. This year’s contract is unique because it also includes additional repairs to the shoreline for sand lost due to the passage of Hurricane Matthew in 2016 and Hurricane Florence in 2018.

“The Corps was fortunate to receive additional emergency funding to cover these repairs at 100 percent federal cost,” said Project Manager Jim Medlock. “This allows us to place more sand on the shoreline while reducing the amount of non-Federal funding required to accomplish the overall contract scope.”

Medlock estimates that the Corps will be able to issue a notice to proceed to the contractor within 30 days of contract award. Actual start of construction has not been determined. This project must be completed no later than April 30, 2019, before the beginning of the turtle nesting season.

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