This line or pipe is the above-the-water end of two miles of pipe that Marinex will use to pump sand from “borrow” areas onto the beach at Pawleys Island. Provided

South Carolina: Pawleys beach renourishment projects gets underway

Putting sand on the beach. That’s finally beginning as Marinex Construction Co. of North Charleston “stages” its dredge, two miles of pipe and other equipment at Pawleys Island.

Over the next three or four months, the dredge and earth-moving equipment will pump sand from “borrow” areas offshore and place it on the island.

The 1.1 million cubic-yard project will result in an “engineered beach” that engineers expect will help keep much of the sand on the oceanfront at Pawleys Island for more than a decade.

The concept of an engineered beach also means that as erosion occurs, it will be easier to build it back in future years.

On Monday, Oct. 14, Town Administrator Ryan Fabbri said that Marinex would start the dredging Tuesday, or Wednesday for sure.

Another mile of “subline” was to be laid over the weekend.

The men and machines will work around the clock until the job is completed.

Coastal Science & Engineering will be keeping the Town of Pawleys Island updated on the project.

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