The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District awarded a $8.55 million maintenance dredging contract for portions of the Intracoastal Waterway (IWW) and the Ponce de Leon Inlet in Volusia County to Cavache Inc. of Pompano Beach Florida.
Work will consist of maintenance dredging approximately 500,000 cubic yards of material from the IWW near Ponce de Leon Inlet from Cut V-22 to Cut V-35 to a depth of 12 feet, plus 2 feet of allowable over-depth, and the Ponce de Leon Inlet navigation channel from Cut-1A to Cut-5N to a depth of 12 feet plus 2 feet of allowable over-depth.
Cavache will place excavated material in a nearshore area about 1.6 miles south of the inlet. The excavated material will be piped down the waterway then transferred through an existing pipeline sleeve to nearshore of New Smyrna Beach. Work also consists of dredging approximately 10,000 cubic yards of material from the Coast Guard Station at Ponce Inlet and placing it in the Rose Bay disposal area.
The project will be removing sand that was deposited in the waterways during hurricanes Matthew and Irma, and two nor’easters. The Corps anticipates dredging will start in August and take about eight months to complete.