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$2.4 Million Contract Awarded To Shore Up Smith Island's Infrastructure

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Chopper 16 aerial view of eroding shoreline along Rhodes Point Village (WBOC) Chopper 16 aerial view of eroding shoreline along Rhodes Point Village (WBOC)
Example of Jetty that will be constructed for the shoreline stabilization project along Rhodes Point Village (WBOC) Example of Jetty that will be constructed for the shoreline stabilization project along Rhodes Point Village (WBOC)

SMITH ISLAND, Md.- A $2.4 million contract was awarded to bring shoreline stabilization for Smith Island's west side. Coastal Design and Construction Inc. of Gloucester, Va. was awarded the contract. 

The west side of the island's shoreline known as Rhodes Point is eroding away.Eddie Somers, president of Smith Island United said that area of the island is at a critical point. Somers said if another major hurricane were to hit that part of the island could possible be gone. 

Somers said getting through this process has been a long awaited journey. 

"It's fantastic. We're thrilled; a lot of us especially my age thought we would never see anything like that and we're grateful to our Somerset County official's and our state officials for helping us with that," Somers said.

Waterman, Freddie Donaway lives in the Village of Rhodes Point and said erosion to the island and channel in front of his house has caused a lot of issues.

"We were kind of happy that something was gonna happen to help the folks here on Rhodes Point; well it helps Smith Island especially us guys here on Rhodes Point. There are a lot of crabbers down here; it will help them a lot," Donaway said.

Gary Pusey, Somerset County Planning Director said the county set aside some of its Hurricane Sandy Recovery funds to pay for the project. Pusey said the county will chip in $1.6 million as its share. 

Somers said the stabilization project will give the island the vital protection the people of the island have been wanting and needing for years. 


 

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