$26.3 million beach renourishment project will impact Grand Strand beaches through October

(WPDE file photo)

Starting in July, the Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company will put about 1.2 million cubic yards of material onto Grand Strand beaches as part of a renourishment project, according to a news release from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The Illinois-based company was recently awarded the $26.3 million contract, funded through federal emergency beach rehabilitation funding from Hurricane Matthew and other funding through Congress.

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Starting no earlier than July 15, the work will start near the Surfside Beach Pier and work north toward the Myrtle Beach State Park, the release said.

The section from Surfside Beach to the state park is expected to take 25 to 35 days, barring any significant weather or mechanical delays.

Then, the renourishment will move south from Surfside Beach to Garden City. That section is expected to take another 20 to 35 days.

The Corps will be putting about 800,000 cubic yards of material in the 7.5 miles of Garden City and Surfside Beach, according to the release.

The North Myrtle Beach section of the project will start in the fall, in mid-September or October, the Corps said.

For that portion of the project, 400,000 cubic yards of material will be placed on areas of the beach without adequate dune protection.

The public can track the progress of the project on a real time basis located on the Charleston District’s external website.

The contractor works 24 hours a day, seven days a week during construction, usually completing up to 500 feet per day, the release said. "This means that active construction moves quickly and will only be in front of any particular building or area for two or three days."

During active construction, the majority of these beaches will remain open and available for the public to enjoy.

The fenced off area is usually about 1,000 feet long, so it's easy to go around the active construction area, the Corps said.

"Pipelines running along the beach outside of the fenced area can safely be crossed where the contractor places crossover sand ramps over the pipes. The public should keep away from lines and only cross them at the sand crossovers," according to the release.

“Both the Corps and our non-federal sponsors for this project, the City of North Myrtle Beach and Horry County, acknowledge that construction during the summer will cause temporary inconveniences to people using these stretches of beach for recreation,” said Wes Wilson, project manager, in the release. “However, beginning the construction project now enables the major, long-term benefits of protecting people and property from storm damage to be realized as soon as possible.”

Also, since this project takes place during a portion of sea turtle nesting season, the Corps is working with South Carolina United Turtle Enthusiasts who have already begun relocating nests away from areas of the beach that will be nourished.

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