Weather and mechanical factors permitting, a $10.6 million U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Emergency Beach Renourishment Project is scheduled to begin the week of October 2 in North Myrtle Beach.
Sand will be dredged from offshore and piped on to the beach to renourish those sections of beach that do not have adequate protection.
The contractor, Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company, will work 24 hours a day, seven days a week during construction, usually completing up to 500 feet per day, barring mechanical or weather/sea condition delays, the city said in its announcement.
Pipelines will come on to the beach at about 28th Avenue North, far north Cherry Grove, and Atlantic Beach. The project will start at about 28th Avenue North and initially move north. Two dredges will be used offshore.
Designed and paid for by the USACE, the sole purpose of the project is protect structures from storm surge and/or high tide. The USACE designed the emergency project according to its guidelines and regulations.
Once the Corps’ emergency renourishment project has concluded toward the end of October or early November, the city will contract to have about 50,000 cubic yards of sand delivered to the beach to help reestablish dunes in sections where they were eliminated or severely eroded during Hurricane Matthew. The city will pay for this project, estimated at about $1 million.