The USACE Baltimore District awarded a $15.7 million contract for berm reconstruction in Ocean City to Weeks Marine on August 2.
Weeks crews will be using sand from Weaver Shoal, located more than 7 miles offshore of Ocean City on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), under an agreement signed this spring by USACE, Maryland, and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM).
The Atlantic Coast of Maryland Shoreline Protection project consists of a wide, elevated beach, a protective sea wall adjacent to the boardwalk, and a vegetated dune system that continues north from the boardwalk to the state line.
These elements work together to reduce impacts to the community associated with coastal storms.
USACE said that this project has prevented more than $927 million in storm damage since construction started in 1990.
The project is a cost-shared effort between the Department of the Army, the state of Maryland, Worcester County and the town of Ocean City.
Project construction will start sometime after Labor Day and finish prior to Memorial Day 2022 to minimize impacts to beachgoers.