Portions of the Islanders’ Beach Park on Hilton Head Island will be closed to vehicular traffic and parking effective immediately due to the island’s upcoming beach renourishment project, the Town of Hilton Head Island said in its latest announcement.
The partial restriction is required to facilitate the truck delivery of beach renourishment pipeline to the site. The pipe will be offloaded then transported to the beach for storage and subsequent assembly.
This partial closure is expected to remain in place for the duration of the project, the Town said.
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.
Sand placement activities will start on June 15, 2016 along the Port Royal Sound Shoreline portion of the project.
Once complete, work is expected to move from Port Royal Sound to South Beach, east of the Tower Beach Club in very late July. The central oceanfront segment will be constructed last, mostly during the months of September and October.