Contract award expected in dune project previously halted by court order
With a clear path carved out by a federal judge’s denial of a preliminary injunction that halted dune replenishment at Smith Point County Park, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is expected to award a contract for the project by the end of the business day today, U.S. Rep. Tim Bishop said.
The Army Corps, which was sued along with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service by the National Audubon Society last month over concerns about piping plover habitat, was freed up to move forward with plans to restart the project in a decision issued by Judge Sandra Feuerstein last Friday. After the Corps awards the contract, the contractor must complete three steps, including signing the contract and providing proof of insurance and bonding, and once those criteria are met, a notice to proceed will be issued, Bishop said.
“Those are the pieces that have to fall in place,” he said.