Beach renourishment on Hilton Head Island came to a halt Wednesday as contractors prepared for Tropical Storm Hermine.
The contractor, Weeks Marine Inc., towed the 292-foot-long dredge inshore to more protected waters during the morning hours, Steve Liggett, the town’s director of public projects and facilities, said.
About 200 pieces of pipeline extending across beaches on the island also have been broken down and stored at a site on North Forest beach, he said. Other breakdown work will continue through Thursday, Liggett said.
Tropical Storm Hermine formed off Florida on Wednesday and is expected to hit the Hilton Head Island region late Thursday into Friday.
Liggett said breaking down the $20.7 million project takes about two to three days of work. It also will take the same amount of time to get the pipes back in place and dredging online again after the storm passes.
“It will not be until early next week until we are back working again,” Liggett said. “I would expect it to change the (renourishment) schedule, but how and when I don’t know until this storm passes, and we get re-established.”
The delay will not increase the cost of the job for the town, Liggett said. He said the contractors assume the risks of delays from weather.
Contractors were most recently working on North Forest Beach. A current schedule estimates work at that location would continue until mid-September. It will then move to the Singleton beach area through mid-October.