West Ocean City Harbor Dredging Project Underway

WEST OCEAN CITY, MD – The long-awaited maintenance dredging project in the West Ocean City (WOC) Harbor area got underway on Wednesday, November 16, 2011. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE) is heading up this 90-day project to deepen and widen the federal navigation channel.

The purpose of the underwater excavation project is to assure the continued navigability of the channel and commercial harbor by fishing vessels and other large craft dependent upon Maryland’s only direct access ocean port for their livelihood.

An estimated 23,500 cubic yards of material are to be excavated to restore an area approximately 150 feet wide from the inlet channel to the WOC harbor and 150 to 200 feet wide to the head of the harbor along with two turning basins to a depth of approximately 10 feet.

The dredge material from the channel will be transported to Worcester County’s surface mine site on Langmaid Road in Newark to be used in future reclamation activities at the site.

The anticipated dredging hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the project to be closely monitored by the COE site manager as well as County staff.

For more information, contact COE representative Robert Blama at 410-962-6068.

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