ONLINE UPDATE: Dredge contractor requests extension into June

by Cole Dittmer
Tuesday, May 20, 2014

On Monday, May 19, Wrightsville Beach Coastal Storm Damage Reduction project dredge contractor Weeks Marine and the United States Army Corps of Engineers assessed that the project would not be complete by the original projected date of May 31.

In an email to Wrightsville Beach town manager Tim Owens and other officials, USACE biologist Jeff Richter stated a 13-day extension of the sea turtle environmental window was requested after already receiving an extension until May 31. That new extension would set the end date for the project on June 13.

Previously Weeks Marine had mentioned a possible completion date prior to the start of Memorial Day weekend on Friday, May 23.

Richter stated that Weeks Marine will continue to monitor sea turtle impacts and the impacts to the skimmers and oystercatchers nesting on the south end of Wrightsville Beach. There has been no sea turtle activity in the project work area as of May 19, he stated.

Wrightsville Beach town manager Tim Owens said the contractor was about five days behind the original schedule. Although he did not know the exact cause of the delay, Owens said it most likely had to do with the larger amount of sand needed on the beach than what was anticipated.

If the extension is granted Owens said it would not change the way the town has handled beach traffic interacting with the project.

Stay tuned for the full article out in the May 22 edition of Lumina News.

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