Ever see beach renourishment up close? It's quite a sight
Tourists at Hilton Head Island’s hottest beach will get a taste of beach renourishment as the project moved to South Forest Beach on Sunday.
The $20.7 million Town of Hilton Head Island project was located at beach marker 55 south of Coligny Beach Park access Monday.
About 1,000 feet of the beach is restricted around the project that will move 300 feet a day toward the Coligny access point. It will take the project about a month to move the full length of South and North Forest beaches.
The project pumps sand from the ocean floor to restore eroded beaches. Renourishment projects occur every eight to 10 years on the island.
Weeks Marine, the company contracted for the project, just managed to meet the projected start for the South Forest Beach portion of the project, Scott Liggett, the town’s director of public projects and facilities, said Monday.
Liggett said the plan was to start the project during the week of Aug. 15. He said crews experienced weather and mechanical issues while moving about 300 pieces of pipe from the Sea Pines area to South Forest Beach. Those issues included a 700-foot piece of pipe that was bent while being moved underwater, Liggett said. He said the pipe was pulled from the water and repaired on a barge.
Despite those issues, the project was able to start within the estimated timeline, Liggett said.