Hilton Head Island Beach Renourishment Starts Soon

Parts of the Hilton Head Island beach will be closing as soon as next week, as contractors will spend about three months placing new sand onto the beaches, according to WTOC.

The 2016 beach renourishment of the Atlantic oceanfront shoreline is expected to be similar to the projects conducted in 1990, 1997 and 2006.

Also, the Town plans to include sand placement along localized portions of previously restored shoreline in Port Royal Plantation and the area just north of Fish Haul Creek on Port Royal Sound.

The planned 2016 renourishment project will include four principal parts:

  • Placement of about 1.3 million cubic yards of sand along 5.5 miles of Atlantic Ocean shorefront from just South of Coligny Circle to The Folly tidal inlet at Singleton Beach;
  • Placement of about 0.5 million cubic yards of sand along 7,000 feet of the Atlantic Ocean and Port Royal Sound shorelines in northern Port Royal Plantation;
  • Placement of about 0.3 million cubic yards of sand along 5,000 feet of Atlantic Shorefront in southern Sea Pines near South Beach;
  • Placement of up to 60,000 cubic yards of sand along 2,400 feet of the Port Royal Sound shoreline north of Fish Haul Creek in the vicinity of the Fish Haul Park, Mitchelville Beach Park and The Spa of Port Royal.

As with previous projects, the nourishment sand will be excavated by hydraulic dredge from two offshore shoal features.

Up to 50,000 feet of pipeline will be trucked or floated to the island by way of large rafts, then moved onto the beach.

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