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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Charleston District, will begin a storm damage reduction project in North Myrtle Beach on May 13, 2019. The project will be executed by Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company, LLC.
The nourishment will include approximately 2.7 miles on North Myrtle Beach from 22nd Avenue North to 54th Avenue North and Ocean Creek Drive to 43rd Avenue South. Approximately 280,000 cubic yards of material will be placed along this stretch. The project is anticipated to take 30-45 days and will then transition to Garden City. This storm damage reduction project is 100 percent federally funded as a result of impacts from Hurricane Florence.
“The storm damage reduction project aims to minimize the impacts to people and property behind the dunes in a storm event,” said Wes Wilson, project manager. “While we acknowledge that people may see temporary inconveniences while the project is underway, the project has many long-term benefits, especially during storm season.”
The public will be able to track the progress of the project on a real time basis located on the Charleston District’s web mapper. During active construction, the majority of these beaches will remain open and available for the public to enjoy.
The contractor works 24 hours a day, seven days a week during construction, usually completing up to 500 feet per day, barring mechanical or weather/sea condition delays. This means that active construction moves quickly and will only be in front of any particular building or area for two or three days. Pipelines running along the beach outside of the fenced area can safely be crossed where the contractor places crossover sand ramps over the pipes. The public should keep away from lines and only cross them at the sand crossovers.
As the project will take place during sea turtle nesting season, the contractor will comply with the requirements of the Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammals Protection Act.
UPDATE ON THE SOUTH END: Following the NMB project, crews will be heading to the Garden City/Surfside Beach areas, as you can see from the map. Approximately 2.1 miles of Garden City/Surfside Beach (Reach 3) from Stations 130 to 193 (around Cobia Trail to Yaupon Avenue) and from Stations 205 to 251 (around Virginia Lane to Oceanside Drive).
This is the area that wasn't renourished in the last project. The Irma project focused on areas north (around the camp grounds). Also, if there was no Florence there would be no more renourishments. Although not ideal timing this section of the beach could really use the additional sand. Our next cycle for renourishment (w/o) storm impacts is in another 6-8 years.
UPDATE ON GEORGETOWN COUNTY: Georgetown County’s Beach Access No. 1 (at Yucca Ave. in Garden City), along with associated parking areas, will be closed temporarily beginning Wednesday, June 5. This closure will allow for beach renourishment on the Georgetown County portion of Garden City Beach, from approximately Beach Access No. 8 to the county line. Contractors will work as quickly as possible to replace sand in the areas most affected by last fall’s tropical storm season and get Access No. 1 reopened