Army Corps and DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation restrict access to section of Indian River Inlet bulkhead

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120 foot section of the Jetty cap area closed to pedestrians at the Indian River Inlet, north side.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Division of Parks & Recreation have restricted access to a 120-foot section of bulkhead at the Indian River Inlet within the Delaware Seashore State Park. The sidewalk and adjacent capstones in the inlet have experienced significant erosion, creating the need to close off access to the section for safety reasons. 

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The jetty cap is leaning more each storm, the rocks have collapsed partially under that area in the rock wall. The big rocks we used to stand on are at the bottom of the Indian river inlet.

The section was closed off in 2018 with a temporary fence and signage, but the condition of the site has further deteriorated. The Army Corps is erecting a chain-link fence and posting signage at the location, and will continue to monitor the site while long-term repair options are further investigated. Pedestrians and visitors are still able to access the sidewalk on either side of the restricted section. 

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Corner at the north side of the Indian River Inlet closed due to the jetty cap’s storm damage
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indian river inlet, jetty cap, army corp of engineers, delaware, sussex county, jetty cap, iri, charles w cullen bridge, delaware seashore state park, north side,
120 foot section of the Jetty cap area closed to pedestrians at the Indian River Inlet, north side.

The Army Corps has conducted hydrographic surveys of the site. The surveys indicate a partial slope collapse beneath the water line, likely due to the presence of a deep hole close to the shoreline and strong tidal currents. The Army Corps is also coordinating with DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation on drainage issues at the location. A long-term fix will depend on the availability of future funding and feasibility of solutions for stabilizing the section of shoreline.

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120 foot section of the Jetty cap area closed to pedestrians at the Indian River Inlet, north side.
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120 foot section of the Jetty cap area closed to pedestrians at the Indian River Inlet, north side.

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