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Army Corps shares update on Indian River Inlet repairs

From left, DNREC Secretary Shaun Garvin, Lt. Col. Ramon Brigantti of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Sen. Tom Carper discuss funds that will help Delaware’s sand bypass plant at the Indian River Inlet Bridge, on Friday, Jan. 20, 2023.

Posted on January 31, 2024

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Philadelphia District announced recently that it has awarded a contract to Agate Construction Co. Inc. of Egg Harbor Township, N.J., for $5.3 million to repair a portion of bulkhead and to sand-tighten a portion of the south jetty at Indian River Inlet. Work is anticipated to begin this spring.

The contract calls for the repair of a failed section of bulkhead/revetment along the interior north shoreline of the Indian River Inlet. A deep scour hole caused by swift tidal currents within the inlet has undermined the slope of the “stabilized” shoreline and landward infrastructure.

Additionally, the contract calls for sand tightening a 215-foot section of the south jetty. This work will involve installing steel sheet piling to reduce the amount of sand migrating into the inlet. Agate Construction Co. anticipates mobilizing equipment to the site in April 2024.

USACE is coordinating with DNREC and the contractor on vehicular/pedestrian/trailer access to the inlet area at Delaware Seashore State Park, staging areas and other site-related issues. DNREC parks and recreation operations will be affected for the duration of this project.

A virtual public meeting will be held on Feb. 15 at 11 a.m. (meeting link:; join by meeting number: Meeting number (access code): 2763 575 6863; Meeting password: Vp5YCpvA*53; or tap to join from a mobile device (attendees only): +1-844-800-2712,,27635756863##).

More information on the project will be available on the project webpage at:


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