Wallops Island in for $10.5m sand replenishment

Photo courtesy NASA

ATLANTIC, Va. (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $10.5 million contract to replenish sand and restore dunes along NASA’s Wallops Island launch facility on the Eastern Shore.

The contract with Weeks Marine Inc. of Cranford, N.J., calls for the restoration of 650,000 cubic yards of sand along the shoreline of the launch center. Sand, dunes and berms were either swept away or destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, which slammed the barrier island.

Bill Wrobel is director of the Wallops Flight Facility. He says shoreline protection is “absolutely vital” to protecting more than $1 billion in assets at the space flight center.

The Army Corps said Tuesday the dredging is expected to begin in the late winter or early spring and be completed by September.

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