Maintenance dredging program in the Lake Worth Inlet began last week, the Port of Palm Beach reports.
The hopper dredger Atchafalaya is expected to remove approximately 60,000 cubic yards of sand from the inner and outer harbor channel.
“Removing the shoal would deepen the sea floor to 37 feet in the inner channel and 39 feet in the outer channel. This will allow some room for shoaling without the sand buildup infringing on our required depths,” said the Port of Palm Beach in its release.
Commenting the latest news, Port of Palm Beach Engineer, Ronald Coddington, said: “While dredging is needed to help keep the movement of cargo being imported and exported through the Port of Palm Beach, this project is also rebuilding the eroding beach in the town of Palm Beach.”
The sand will be pumped as far as half a mile down the beach.
According to the official statement, the project is expected to be complete in about two weeks.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers funded the maintenance dredge that usually takes place once a year. This maintenance dredging project is separate from the emergency dredging that took place in October.