Maintenance dredging to improve navigation of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway and New River Inlet is underway. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project was originally scheduled for winter 2019-2020, but the Corps’ dredge contractor, Goodloe Marine, was unable to complete its contract within the environmental window. The contractor is obligated to complete the project during the 2020-2021 environmental window.
Frequently Asked Questions
When will dredging begin?
While dredging was originally scheduled to commence in December, staffing issues due to COVID-19 and mechanical issues have delayed the contractor’s start. Pipelines are currently in place from the intersection of the ICW and the inlet channel to Jacksonville down to the north end of the beach. It was anticipated that actual dredging and placement of sand would begin January 7, 2021.
Where will sand from the dredging be placed?
Please note that this is not a beach nourishment project and is not under the town’s control. The purpose of this project by the Corps is to maintain navigation through the inlet by dredging and removing shoals. As a result of that dredging, the Corps will place an estimated 240,000 cy of dredged sand in the Phase 1 area of the beach. The sand placement will commence in the vicinity of River Drive and continue down the beach as far as the volume of sand allows. It is possible, but not certain, that the sand will reach as far south as the St. Regis.
When will the project wrap up?
The timeline is dependent on several factors, such as weather and mechanical issues, so the Corps has not given an estimated end date at this time.
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