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Merrimack Valley

October 13, 2012

Dredging to replenish Seacoast beaches

$3.16M project targets entrance to sand-clogged Hampton Harbor

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“Being on the Atlantic Ocean, (the beach) tends to get pounded,” Dugan said.

One big difference in the projects is the pricetag, which was determined by the lowest bid.

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. 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.

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