Folly Beach renourishment begins

Staff Report
Published Jan. 20, 2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Charleston District began renourishment at Folly Beach over the weekend to help restore eroding areas.

The renourishment project, anticipated to take roughly five months, involves placing 1.5 million cubic yards of sand to restore 5.34 miles of beach.

The beach renourishment is being conducted as part of a 50-year agreement with the city of Folly Beach. It is the first periodic renourishment since 2005.

“The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will help provide protection to properties and infrastructure along the coast while taking precautions to protect the environment,” Project Manager David Warren said in a statement.

The $30.7 million contract to complete the beach renourishment was awarded in October to Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company LLC. Folly Beach will share the cost of funding.

The contractor will work 24 hours a day, seven days a week during construction and usually complete around 300 to 500 feet per day, weather permitting. A fence will surround the area that’s currently under construction.

“There will be occasional minor inconveniences to people during this project, but it is for a major long-term benefit of protecting people and property from storm damage,” Warren said.

After the renourishment has been completed, Team Henry Enterprises LLC of Newport News, Va., will install sand fences and beach plants.

These operations will take 45-60 days and will only affect the area the crews are working in, as they progress down the beach, the Corps said in a statement.

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