AUTHORIZATION: The project was approved by the River and Harbor Act of August 1935 in accordance with Rivers and Harbors Committee Document No. 38, 72nd Congress and modified in Document No. 60. It was also modified in 1954.
TYPE OF PROJECT: Navigation
PROJECT PHASE: Operation and Maintenance
CONGRESSIONAL INTEREST: Senators Mikulski and Cardin (MD), Representatives Harris (MD-1).
NON-FEDERAL SPONSOR: Worcester County, Maryland
BACKGROUND: The location of the Ocean City inlet is on the far eastern boundary of Maryland along the Atlantic Coast.
The project provides an inlet channel 10 feet deep and 200 feet wide from the Atlantic Ocean through the inlet to the channel to the Isle of Wight Bay; protected on the south side by a stone jetty with a top elevation of 8.8 feet above mean low water and a top crest of 18 feet, and protected on the north side by a stone jetty with a top elevation of nine feet above mean low water and a top crest of 20 feet; a channel 150 feet wide and ten feet deep from the inlet channel to the project harbor, with widths of 100 to 150 feet to the head of the harbor with two turning basins of the same depth; a channel six feet deep and 150 feet wide in Sinepuxent Bay from the inlet to Green Point, and thence 100 feet wide in Chincoteague Bay; and a channel six feet deep and 125 feet wide from the inlet channel to a point opposite North Eighth Street in Ocean City, then 75 feet wide into the Isle of Wight Bay.
STATUS: Hurricane Sandy in October 2013 deposited a significant amount of sediment in the Sinepuxent and Isle of Wight channels and damaged the seawall on the north side of the inlet channel. Contracts to dredge the channels and repair the seawall are scheduled for FY 2014 awards. The seawall repairs will be completed in the Spring of 2014 and the dredging will be completed in 2014.
President Budget FY 2014
$6,000,000 was allocated from P.L. 133-2, Disaster Relief Appropriation Act, 2013
FY 2013 Completed Work: Initiated engineering and design for the dredging.
FY 2014 Scheduled Work: Complete the engineering and design for the dredging and the seawall repairs, advertise and complete the construction and dredging contracts.
For more information regarding the Ocean City Harbor & Inlet & Sinepuxent Bay, MD contact Robert Blama, CENAB-OP-N, (410) 962-6068, e-mail Robert.firstname.lastname@example.org. Also see this project’s related web page at http://www.nab.usace.army.mil/Navigation/index.html