Posted on October 12, 2015
By Isidro Reyna, dvids
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District, awarded a contract in the amount of $6,521,000 to Weeks Marine Inc. for maintenance dredging of the Brazos Island Harbor (BIH) Jetty and Entrance channels in South Texas.
The contractor is required to remove approximately 651,000 cubic yards of sandy material using a pipeline dredge to clear the navigation channels; all sandy material will be used beneficially to nourish South Padre Island beaches.
“Our partnerships with the City of South Padre Island and the Texas General Land Office, and their instrumental cost-sharing participation, will allow the Corps to conduct the largest beach nourishment project undertaken at South Padre, providing multiple benefits with lasting impacts on the South Texas economy,” said Seth Jones, an operations manager with the USACE Galveston District’s Navigation Branch. “Not only do we take care of our mission of keeping America’s waterways navigable, our beach renourishment efforts combat storm surge, prevent coastal erosion, generate economic growth through increased tourism and provide opportunities for recreation.”
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