Dredging in Hatteras Inlet in late June. Photo: Island Free Press

Gov. Roy Cooper on Thursday signed a bill modifying the bid requirements for dredging contracts to allow projects to be completed more quickly.

House Bill 735, which had passed both chambers of the legislature with unanimous support, removes the requirement that a local government receive three competitive bids for dredging services in North Carolina’s coastal waters. Previously, three bids were required for any construction or repair work estimated to cost $500,000 or more.

But the limited number of dredge companies had created problems for local governments seeking to clear shoaling in nonfederal channels.

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