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Lewes dredging delayed

The Army Corps of Engineers says the canal has not been dredged since 2002, and this is very necessary for safety purposes.

Posted on January 3, 2024

The much-anticipated maintenance dredging of the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal, which was scheduled to be completed by the end of December, has been pushed back.

In a post on the city of Lewes’ website, it states Dredgit will continue to work through the end of January, with daily operations from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. The Army Corps of Engineers had expected the project to conclude by late December.

Dredging began in October. The project spans from Roosevelt Inlet to the Freemans Highway Bridge. This endeavor has been long-awaited, as the canal has not undergone dredging since 2002, making it essential for safety and navigational purposes. The depth of the canal channel that the Army Corps of Engineers maintains ranges between six and ten feet.

Dredging plays a pivotal role in maintaining this depth, ensuring that it remains safe and navigable for various purposes.


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