Beach Nourishment Project Taking Shape As Equipment, Pipes Delivered
CAROLINA BEACH - Equipment and pipes were delivered to the beach front on the North End of Pleasure Island earlier this week in preparation for a Coastal Storm Damage Reduction Project - commonly called beach renourishment - which will pump sand on the beaches in Carolina Beach and Kure Beach. Hurricane Florence eroded the beach front in both Towns. A project was already scheduled in the spring of 2019 to pump sand onto the beach front.
The Army Corp of Engineers consider that erosion an emergency and that funding be secured to help mitigate the impacts of Florence. Florence brought strong surf conditions to New Hanover County beaches. In many areas dunes suffered heavy erosion leaving twelve to fifteen foot high escarpments or cliffs. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Wilmington District announced that the periodic nourishment contract was awarded on Nov. 30, 2018, at a cost of approximately $17.4-million to Weeks Marine, Incorporated.
On January 16th, Carolina Beach Councilman Steve Shuttleworth explained, "I Attended the pre-construction meeting today at the Corps of Engineer's office for the Coastal Storm Damage Reduction project. The Weeks Marine team ( the project contractor) was there along with Layton Bledsoe from the County, Kure Beach representatives and numerous Corps staff. Weeks said they will be starting the pre-project final survey this week. We should see equipment on the north end around the 28th of Jan. As you all recall they start by delivering the pipe sections which are stockpiled on the northern end of Freeman Park. The cutter head dredge plant is stationed in the inlet area right up on the shore. That dredge is cutting and pumping sand out of the deep hole right off the tip of Freeman Park."
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