Sawpit maintenance dredging delayed

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District has delayed the maintenance dredging for the federal navigation channel in the vicinity of Sawpit Creek, Nassau County, until early October 2024.

Photo courtesy of USACE

The project has been delayed because of active shorebird nests within the beach placement area of Amelia Island State Park.

The contract – awarded May 16 in the amount of $6.9 million to Southwind Construction – calls for the dredging of approximately 550,000 cubic yards of shoaling from Cuts DU-23 through DU-27C to a required depth of 12 feet plus 2 feet of allowable over-depth.

All beach compatible dredged material will be dispersed on the Amelia Island State Park Beach while non-beach compatible material will be placed on upland Dredge Management Disposal Area DU-2.