A sidecast dredge. Photo: Army Corps of Engineers Wilmington District
A sidecast dredge. Photo: Corps of Engineers Wilmington District

Army Corps of Engineers Wilmington District awarded a $3.8 million contract for maintenance dredging in the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway in North Carolina.

Southwind Construction Corp., based in Evansville, Indiana, was awarded the contract Sept. 15, Corps officials said Thursday. The dredging is scheduled to start Nov. 16 and expected to end March 30.

The contract covers several counties including Brunswick, Carteret, Onslow and Pender.

The work will focus on dredging the highly shoaled areas of the waterway for both commercial and recreational purposes. It also includes the dredging of the Browns Inlet crossing, which the Corps said is beneficial to Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in Onslow County.

The contract also features the beneficial use of dredged material, which means that where authorized throughout the contract, beach-quality sand is to be placed on adjacent beaches.

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