“It helps nourish the coastal system, so that’s why we’re putting it on the beach,” Heidebrecht said.
The Hampton Harbor project will cost $3.16 million, while the smaller Merrimack River project cost $5.5 million. The projects have different contractors — Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co. of Oak Brook, Ill., won the bid on the Merrimack River project, after the Army Corps was forced to delay the process and revise the project scope due to changes in the erosion patterns on the beach. The Hampton Harbor project is under the direction of Southwind Construction Corp., with financial assistance from the Pease Development Authority.
Also, bids for the Plum Island project came in above the initial projected cost of about $3.6 million, which forced the Army Corps to extend the bidding process and seek more funds.
Engineers had hoped to begin the dredging project earlier, but thanks to Hurricane Sandy and a nor’easter that followed Sandy days later, dredging was pushed back a few days, according to Army Corps officials.
“There was a lot of wave action that delayed the start for a little bit,” Heidebrecht said.