GALVESTON, Texas (March 6, 2012) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District, encountered what is believed to be Hurricane Ike-related debris during maintenance dredging of Rollover Pass to the Galveston Causeway. The debris material was inadvertently deposited at its federally-coordinated beneficial use site at Caplen Beach on Bolivar Peninsula.
The corps is working to remove this debris, which includes siding, metal, rope and other items.
“We apologize for the inconvenience this has caused residents and beachgoers and are working diligently to complete debris removal,” said Alicia Rea, a project operations manager with the USACE Galveston District. “Working with our contractor, we are cleaning up the debris from the beneficial use site with an estimated completion date of March 9.”
According to Rea, the total area included in the debris removal will extend to 7,000-feet west of Rollover Pass. Residents are asked to use caution within the working area.
The USACE Galveston District awarded the dredging contract January 2012, in the amount of $3,390,250, to Mike Hooks Inc. for dredging of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway from Rollover Pass to the Galveston Causeway. The Texas General Land Office has partnered to contribute in a non-federal cost share initiative.