7.17.2017

Renourishment work likely to reach beach by Ocean Lakes in early August

Crews are setting up equipment and prepping to start the much-needed beach renourishment project at the end of this week in Surfside Beach, with plans for the work to begin on the beach by Ocean Lakes in early August.

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co., the contractor on the $26.3 million beach renourishment project, is busy getting equipment in place at Sixth Avenue North in Surfside Beach. Crews plan to start pumping sand there at the end of this week, then work up the beach towards Ocean Lakes Family Campground.

Crews with Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co. were continuing to set up equipment Monday at Sixth Avenue North in Surfside Beach. The contractor plans to start pumping sand there at the end of the week. The work is expected to reach the beach by Ocean Lakes in early August.
Barring bad weather or mechanical delays, the work will begin on the beach by Ocean Lakes two weeks after it starts in Surfside Beach, Ed O’Dowd, Site Manager with Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co., said Monday. That means the work by Ocean Lakes is likely to start around Aug. 4, as long as the weather and equipment cooperate and there are no other unforeseen issues.

Crews plan to work quickly, finishing about 500 feet a day. They will close 1,000-foot sections and block off that area using plastic orange fencing. The beach by Ocean Lakes stretches nearly 5,000 feet so most of the beach by the campground will be available for beach-goers at any time during the renourishment work.

Folks run on the beach and toss a football in the surf Monday in front of the booster equipment seen 3,800 feet from the beach that will be used for the upcoming beach renourishment project, which is set to begin at week's end in Surfside Beach north of the Surfside Beach Pier.
The timing of the work during the busy tourist season was set by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and was beyond Ocean Lakes’ control. The work is needed to rebuild the beach and dunes, which were wiped out by Hurricane Matthew in the fall.

“Beginning the construction project now enables the major, long-term benefits of protecting people and property from storm damage to be realized as soon as possible and before peak hurricane season,” said Glenn Jeffries, spokeswoman for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Charleston.

Beach-goers can track the progress to see where the work is taking place each day. Crews plan to work 24-hours a day, seven days a week to finish the project as quickly as possible. It is expected to take about 25 or 35 days to complete the leg of the renourishment project from Surfside Beach Pier north to Myrtle Beach State Park (the section of work that includes Ocean Lakes).

Set up of the beach renourishment equipment continued Monday at Sixth Avenue North in Surfside Beach.

Some key points to remember:

BEACH ACCESS | Most of the beach by Ocean Lakes will be open and available at any point during the beach renourishment.
Crews will work in 1,000-foot sections that will be blocked off for about two or three days using plastic orange fencing. The beach by Ocean Lakes stretches nearly 5,000 feet, so there will be plenty of beach available while crews are working.


Beach-goers may find their favorite spot on the beach being worked on and unavailable, but they will be able to move farther down the beach where crews are not working.

NOISE | Crews plan to work 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There will be noise from the bulldozers, front-end loaders and other equipment, including the back-up alarms that are required by federal law and cannot be shut off.
“We are pushing sand all the time,” O’Dowd said. “We will try to get by them as fast as possible.”
Crews plan to complete each 1,000-foot section in two to three days.

SAFETY | Please use caution and stay out of the work area. There will be pipes outside of the work area, but the contractor will put sand ramps over them so they can be crossed safely.

NEED | The renourishment work is crucial to rebuild the beach and dunes, which help protect the area from storms. Hurricane Matthew in October wiped out our dunes and battered our beaches.

The beach by Ocean Lakes Family Campground the day after Hurricane Matthew hit in October.
The last renourishment by Ocean Lakes was in 2008.
Once the beach from Surfside Beach to Myrtle Beach State Park is complete, crews will renourish the area south of the Surfside Beach Pier to Georgetown County and then in North Myrtle Beach.
This project will place about 1.2 million cubic yards of material on area beaches.

SHELLS | Beach-goers are likely to find lots of shells after the work.
"Shells should be cool and abundant due to the project, and it is cool to see if someone hasn't seen this type of work before," Jeffries said.

STAY UPDATED | Use the real-time online map from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to track the project and see where the crews are working.
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7.10.2017

Beach renourishment project starting this month could impact beach-goers

Crews will start a much-needed beach renourishment project later this month, but beach-goers will still be able to use most of the beach by Ocean Lakes during the work.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced last week that the $26.3 million renourishment project will start near the Surfside Beach Pier around July 15 and proceed up the beach to Ocean Lakes Family Campground and Myrtle Beach State Park.

The Corps set the timing of the project, which was beyond Ocean Lakes’ control.


Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Co. will work in 1,000-foot-long sections that will be fenced off for roughly two or three days, then crews will move to the next section, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The beach by Ocean Lakes stretches nearly 5,000 feet, so most of the beach by the campground will be available to beach-goers at any given time during the work. Beach-goers may find their favorite spot on the beach being worked on and unavailable, but they will be able to move farther down the beach where crews are not working.

Beach-goers also should easily be able to maneuver around the active construction area, the Corps says.

Beach-goers can track the progress to help plan their beach outing. Officials with the Army Corps of Engineers could not pinpoint the date when the work would start on the beach by Ocean Lakes.

The project, which is needed to repair the damage done by Hurricane Matthew in the fall, should wrap up by late August. The contractor will work 24 hours a day, seven days a week and usually completes up to 500 feet a day, barring any mechanical issues or bad weather, according to the Corps.

It will take between 25 and 35 days to complete the renourishment from the Surfside Beach Pier to Myrtle Beach State Park, a section that includes Ocean Lakes, according to the Corps.
The dunes must be rebuilt after being wiped out by Hurricane Matthew in the fall.
The timing of the project during the busiest time for our beaches is not ideal and is beyond Ocean Lakes’ control.

“We wish we could have it scheduled at another time, but the Army Corps of Engineers set that schedule,” said Lance Thompson, Vice President and General Manager of Ocean Lakes Family Campground. “We are kind of at the mercy of the Army Corps of Engineers.”

Corps officials said several factors led to the work starting in July, including the federal emergency funding that must be used as soon as possible and the availability of the dredge.

The Corps acknowledges that the construction “will cause temporary inconveniences to people using these stretches of beach for recreation. However, beginning the construction project now enables the major, long-term benefits of protecting people and property from storm damage to be realized as soon as possible,” Project Manager Wes Wilson said in a news release.


Beach-goers should use caution near the work area. Use crossover ramps to get over the pipelines that will run along the beach outside of the fenced area and stay away from lines.

Ocean Lakes has encouraged guests to stay off the temporary dunes until the renourishment could be done, adding signs to the oceanfront reminding guests as their feet hit the sand.
Ocean Lakes installed signs along the oceanfront earlier this summer encouraging beach-goers to stay off the dunes.

Once the beach from Surfside Beach Pier to Myrtle Beach State Park is complete, crews will renourish the area south of the Surfside pier to Georgetown County and then in North Myrtle Beach.

The beaches need work after taking a beating from Hurricane Matthew in the fall. The storm wiped out the dunes by Ocean Lakes and in many other parts of the beach.


Hurricane Matthew wiped out the dunes on the beach by Ocean Lakes Family Campground, as seen in this file photo taken a day after the storm hit in October.

Federal emergency beach rehabilitation funding from Hurricane Matthew is helping pay for the work.


“We wish it was at a different time, but it definitely needs to be done. Everybody can recognize that,” Thompson said.