Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co. (GLDD) has won an $11.3 million contract to construct a coastal storm risk management beach on South Hutchinson Island in St. Lucie County, Florida.
Funding for the project will be provided approximately 35 percent by the federal government and approximately 65 percent by the USACE’s non-federal sponsor, the St. Lucie County Erosion District.
The contract calls for the initial construction of a beach berm and vegetated dune along approximately 3.3 miles of the St. Lucie County shoreline, running south from Florida Department of Environmental Protection Range Monument R-98 to the Martin County line.
According to USACE, up to 800,000 cubic yards of sand will be dredged from federal waters off the St. Lucie County shore and placed on South Hutchinson Island to rebuild dunes and beaches.
Dune vegetation will be planted once beach and berm construction are complete.
USACE will begin mobilizing crew and equipment as early as November of this year. Construction is planned to be complete before May 1, 2022.