On August 15, Great Lakes Dock and Dredge Company began work in South Carolina on the Myrtle Beach Storm Damage Reduction Project. Under a $34.8 million contract from the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Charleston District, approximately 1.4 million cubic yards of material will be placed on Myrtle, North Myrtle, Garden City and Surfside Beaches covering a total of nearly 14 miles or shoreline.
The sand is being dredged by trailing suction hopper dredges Padre Island and Dodge Island, both 281-feet, with hopper capacities of 3,600 cubic yards each. Once full, the dredges move and connect to a submerged pipeline that runs just up onto the beach, where it connects to a shore pipeline for final placement.
This storm damage reduction project goes along with the regularly scheduled plan for this area, which is to place sand on the beach every eight years. Last year, North Myrtle, Garden City and Surfside Beaches received 1.3 million cubic yards of sand using emergency funding made available after impacts from Hurricane Matthew. The three-phase project is being paid under federal emergency beach rehabilitation funding with additional money provided by Congress and local governments.
The project will be completed no later than December 15, and progress can be tracked in real-time basis located on the Charleston District’s web mapper (https://arcg.is/Ly4Ce).