USA: Sagaponack Beach Renourishment Begins

The Town of Southampton, in coordination with the Erosion Control Districts (ECD) of Sagaponack and Bridgehampton–Water Mill, has received permits and bids to complete the Sagaponack Beach renourishment program.

The project, according to Aram Terchunian, a coastal geologist with First Coastal Corporation is set to start this week and continue 24/7 through January 15.

The project will extend from Townline Road, Sagaponack to the Town beach at Flying Point Road mile west of the entrance to Mecox Bay. The Town received bids on July 10, 2013.

Based on the fixed construction budget of approximately $22,143,000 established by referendums at each ECD and the Town’s matching funds, a total of 2,573,000 cubic yards will be placed along the beach.

The volume of sand that can be accomplished within budget is about 20 percent greater than the Town anticipated, prior to the referendums, due to favorable bids.

This project will widen the beach an average of 75–100 feet by adding new sand to the beach zone. Sand will be obtained from a deepwater area one mile offshore. Initially, the constructed beach will be built wider than this average so as to control the sand placement.

Waves and tides will then reshape the profile of the beach, shifting sand toward the dune and a significant volume to the outer bar as illustrated below. After the profile “equilibrates,” the new beach will change with the season much like any natural beach.

Press Release, October 8, 2013

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