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Posted 1/16/2014

Release no. 14-001


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Susan Jackson
904-232-1630
susan.j.jackson@usace.army.mil

Broward County Beach Erosion Control Project update

Jacksonville, Fla. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District announces passing the halfway mark on Broward County Beach Erosion Control Project construction. Approximately 80,000 cubic-yards of beach quality sand now lies on 3.5 miles of shoreline between the Hillsboro Inlet and Washingtonia Avenue.

The sand placement is reconstructing areas of eroded beach and increasing storm protection to upland development along portions of Broward County.  A side benefit is that it also helps restore shorebird and marine turtle habitat. The work is in response to impacts from Hurricane Sandy’s passage in 2012, and is 100% federally funded under the Flood Control and Coastal Emergency (FCCE) program. Jacksonville District is placing approximately 7.5 million cubic yards of sand on 38.5 miles of eroded beaches in Florida as part of the FCCE program. 

Eastman Aggregate Enterprises, LLC of Lake Worth, Fla. started sand deliveries Nov. 4 and the project remains on target for completion later next month.

Work began near Hillsboro Inlet, Pompano Beach and progresses 5.1 miles southward. In total, crews will place approximately 115,000 cubic-yards of beach quality sand after trucking it from the E.R Jahan Ortona sand mine located in Moore Haven, Fla.  An average of 130 trucks per day carry sand from the mine to the beach, each driver navigating two hours one-way to make a single delivery.   

“With this many trucks on the road, I think everyone had some concerns about safety.  We’re pleased to report that not only is more than half of the beach segment renourished, but no vehicle accidents also – that’s a definite win-win,” said Cynthia Perez, Corps project manager for the beach erosion control project.  Perez credits high safety standards, contractor commitment and community cooperation, which continue to be mainstays during ongoing operations.

“I’m thankful to our team and everyone in the county for taking safety seriously.  The cooperation and support for this storm protection project has been outstanding.”    

Construction truck deliveries will start next week at a new beach access point on Washingtonia Avenue.  The Corps encourages local residents and businesses to continue using caution and patience as beach work progresses.

For more project information and a work progress map, go online to http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/ShoreProtection/BrowardCounty.aspx or contact Cynthia Perez at 904-232-1788.

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