US Army Corps of Engineers
Los Angeles District

Corps awards Oceanside dredging contract, Division Commander visits

Published March 20, 2017
In previous years, sand across the mouth of the San Luis Rey River blocked its connection to the Pacific Ocean,  providing a continuous shoreline. Recent rains have opened the river to the ocean, requiring the contractor to develop a means to span the flowing water in order to replenish the beach to the south.

In previous years, sand across the mouth of the San Luis Rey River blocked its connection to the Pacific Ocean, providing a continuous shoreline. Recent rains have opened the river to the ocean, requiring the contractor to develop a means to span the flowing water in order to replenish the beach to the south.

Jim Fields, (2nd from left), the Corps' project manager for the Oceanside Harbor annual maintenance dredging project, describes the project to Col. Peter Helmlinger, the Corps' South Pacific Division commander, during a March 15 boat trip to the project site, as (from left) Paul Lawrence, Oceanside Harbor manager, Deanna Lorson, assistant city manager, and David Van Dorpe, the Los Angeles District's deputy district engineer for programs and project management, look on.

Jim Fields, (2nd from left), the Corps' project manager for the Oceanside Harbor annual maintenance dredging project, describes the project to Col. Peter Helmlinger, the Corps' South Pacific Division commander, during a March 15 boat trip to the project site, as (from left) Paul Lawrence, Oceanside Harbor manager, Deanna Lorson, assistant city manager, and David Van Dorpe, the Los Angeles District's deputy district engineer for programs and project management, look on.

Jim Wood (left), Oceanside's mayor, and Deanna Lorson, the assistant city manager, meet with Col. Kirk Gibbs (opposite), Col. Peter Helmlinger and David Van Dorpe at the city of Oceanside Harbor Office on March 15 to discuss the upcoming annual harbor maintenance project scheduled to start in April. The contract calls for the removal of 280,000 cubic yards of sand from the harbor's entrance channel and its placement south along Oceanside's beach.

Jim Wood (left), Oceanside's mayor, and Deanna Lorson, the assistant city manager, meet with Col. Kirk Gibbs (opposite), Col. Peter Helmlinger and David Van Dorpe at the city of Oceanside Harbor Office on March 15 to discuss the upcoming annual harbor maintenance project scheduled to start in April. The contract calls for the removal of 280,000 cubic yards of sand from the harbor's entrance channel and its placement south along Oceanside's beach.

OCEANSIDE, California – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District awarded a $10.77 million contract to Manson Construction Company from Seattle, Washington, on March 13 to conduct maintenance dredging at Oceanside Harbor.

The lowest price technically acceptable firm fixed price contract includes a base year plus two option years. It calls for the removal of about 280,000 cubic yards of beach quality sand from the harbor’s entrance channel and its placement along Oceanside’s beaches.

The award served as an important backdrop for Col. Peter Helmlinger’s March 15 visit to meet with the city of Oceanside, the project’s sponsor. Helmlinger, commander of the Corps’ South Pacific Division, and Col. Kirk Gibbs, the Los Angeles District commander, met with Oceanside Mayor Jim Wood, along with Deanna Lorson, the assistant city manager, and Paul Lawrence, the Oceanside Harbor manager, to discuss issues that affected recent dredging at the harbor and how the upcoming contract will address them. The group took a boat tour of the harbor, getting a close-up view of the narrowing and shallow harbor entrance.

Jim Fields, the project manager, showed the colonels the placement site for the dredged material and discussed some of the challenges the contractor will face, including placing a pipeline across the San Luis Rey River which is now flowing.

Manson will start dredging the harbor in early April and expects to complete the project prior to Memorial Day.