Second Phase of North End Beachfill Project Begins

Second Phase of North End Beachfill Project Begins

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As of Sunday (Nov. 15), work was at North Street and starting to move southward toward 15th Street.

An Army Corps of Engineers contractor finished rebuilding the beach in a northward push from North Street to Seaspray Road this weekend.

Work now moves to a final phase from North Street southward to 15th Street.

The work is part of a $9 million project that will pump 700,000 cubic yards of new sand to rebuild eroded beaches across 2.4 miles at the north end of Ocean City. The project started on Nov. 3 and is expected to take between 45 and 60 days.

Ocean City Business Administrator Jim Mallon reported to City Council on Thursday that it could be completed by Christmas.

The work began at North Street in the first phase, which will end at Seaspray in the next day or two. A second phase will then cover the area from North Street south to 15th Street.

The sand is being harvested from an offshore borrow area a short distance off Surf Road Beach. Powered by the dredge Illinois, the sand is being transported through a pipeline that lands on the beach at North Street. From there, a pipeline runs down the beach as work progresses.