JACKSONVILLE, Florida --
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District, will begin mobilization for the renourishment of the St. Johns Co., Vilano Beach, Coastal Storm Risk Management project on Monday, Aug. 7, 2023.
The USACE contractor will start with mobilizing equipment to the Surfside Park staging area. A significant section of the parking area will be closed and fenced off to ensure public safety throughout the duration of the beach renourishment, which is scheduled for completion in March 2024.
The contractor will use the Surfside Park staging area to store equipment and materials; it will remain an active work zone. Public access to the beach will remain open in this area along with use of the restroom facilities. The public is urged to exercise caution while accessing the beach area as heavy equipment will be actively exiting and entering to traverse the active construction sections along the beach.
Additionally, the contractor’s crew and USACE staff will use a parking lot off Euclid Avenue specially for parking and storing worker vehicles during construction; please exercise caution in this vicinity.
The dredge, which will deliver offshore sand for placement along Vilano Beach, is anticipated to arrive on or about Aug. 17, and beach fill operations will start shortly thereafter. Sand placement will proceed from north to south along the length of the project template. The contractor will close off active placement sections of the beach measuring approximately 1,500 feet in length with orange safety fencing as they progress southward. As beach fill is completed, the safety fencing will be removed and those sections will be reopened for public use.
Construction will be ongoing 24 hours a day, seven days a week to expedite operations during hurricane season.
USACE Jacksonville will begin publishing weekly progress maps to its social media channels as operations get under way to inform residents and visitors of the location of active construction zones. Links may be found on the project webpage - https://www.saj.usace.army.mil/StJohnsVilanoCSRM/.
Questions and issues of concern may be directed to the USACE Corporate Communications Office at 904-616-0036 or 904-232-2568.
Release no. 23-049