NMB Beach Renourishment May 2019

A machine called a CRAB measures the slope of a beach. Photo courtesy of North Myrtle Beach. 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers On May 13 will begin a beach renourishment project in North Myrtle Beach that is scheduled to last between 30 and 45 days, according to a news release. 

Contractor Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company will replace about 280,000 cubic yards of sands lost during Hurricane Florence, according to the release. The work will occur on 2.7 miles of beach from 22nd Avenue North to 54th Avenue North and also from Ocean Creek Drive to 43rd Avenue South.

The city says the contractor will access the beach from Sea Mountain Highway, and on May 6 will begin work to assemble a large piece of machinery called the CRAB that measures the slope of the beach before and after renourishment. 

The contractor is scheduled to work around the clock, finishing 500 feet per day, assuming there are not mechanical or weather delays. The city says that work in any particular area will only last a few days before crews move on.

Beach-goers should keep away from pipelines in construction areas and only cross them at sand ramps, the release says.

In December 2018, the Corps put down 200,000 cubic yards of sand between 17th Avenue South and 7th Avenue North in North Myrtle Beach to renourish the area after 2017's Tropical Storm Irma.

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