Engineers give new details about $12.7M Daufuskie, Jekyll dredging. Here’s what we know

The $12.7 million dredging project scheduled for Daufuskie Island this year will vacuum up underwater material on west side of the island and relocate it out to sea in an effort to maintain the Intracoastal Waterway, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Savannah.

Work is scheduled to start mid-February on the waterway — which runs between Hilton Head and the mainland in Calibogue Sound and west around Daufuskie Island.

During the project, Daufuskie residents, boaters and those living on the south end of Hilton Head will be able to see a large hopper dredge working in the area, Billy Birdwell, the senior public affairs officer for the corps, said Monday.The Department of Defense announced the project’s contract Friday and the Corps provided details Monday.

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