Work begins on the Duval County shore protection project

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District has marked the official beginning of the Duval County Shore Protection Project.

Photo courtesy of the City of Jacksonville

USACE crews started at 10th Avenue South in Jacksonville Beach and will work their way south to the Duval-St. Johns County line. After that is complete, they will come back to 10th Avenue South and head north through Hannah Park.

The $32.4 million project, awarded to Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co. in late 2023, will reinforce critically eroded beach within the municipalities of Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach and Jacksonville Beach, extending from the St. Johns River to the Duval-St. Johns Co. line.

The beach re-nourishment includes construction of both a dune and beach berm with sand sourced from a federally administered offshore borrow area. Beach restoration work will include beach tilling, vibration control and monitoring, environmental species monitoring and turbidity monitoring.

The work to rebuild 10 miles of coastline is entirely federally funded and is expected to last until August.