GLDD Wins Cape Cod Contract
Maintenance dredging of the Cape Cod Canal Federal Navigation Project in Bourne and Sandwich, Mass., will be completed under the terms of a $5.9 million contract recently awarded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District.
Work will be accomplished by Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company, LLC, of Oak Brook, Illinois.
Dredging is scheduled to start in early January 2016 and take about 2–3 months to complete.
“Work consists of removing approximately 182,000 cubic yards of clean sand and gravel from six areas in the authorized, 32-foot-deep by 500-foot-wide, main ship channel and the 25-foot-deep East Mooring Basin portions of the project,” said Project Manager Bill Kavanaugh.
“Shoaling in the main ship channel consists of large wave formations. These formations cause draft restrictions, tidal delays and hazardous conditions for deep-draft commercial vessels transiting the Canal.”
The Corps plans to beneficially re-use the clean sand dredged material from the Canal project as beach-fill on a 2,500-foot-long eroded section of Town Neck Beach in Sandwich, Mass. The town of Sandwich is providing $2,957,900 in funding to place the sandy material directly onto the beach and for dune grass plantings.
This work will be performed by a hydraulic dredge with pump out capability and all ancillary equipment necessary for direct beach placement of the dredged material.
The environmental dredging window for this work is November 1 through March 31.