JACKSONVILLE - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District awarded a contract on Sept. 27 to Norfolk Dredging Company, of Chesapeake, Virginia, for nearly $36.6 million, for the Pinellas County Beach Renourishment Project, part of the county’s Storm Protection Project.
Norfolk will renourish critically eroded shoreline in Pinellas using dredge material from Egmont Shoals as well as Johns Pass. The federal project, led by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in partnership with Pinellas County and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, is cost-shared between the federal government paying 75 percent, with the remaining 25 percent non-federal cost split by the and the state.
“Norfolk has a proven track record working along the Pinellas County shoreline. In 2004, they successfully completed two emergency beach fill projects for the Sunset and Upham beaches, a federal project in partnership with Pinellas County. The feedback we received from residents, city and county staff, was very positive, and we look forward to partnering with them again on this important project,” said Laurel Reichold, Corps project manager. “Beach renourishment protects infrastructure from seasonal storms and hurricanes, supports the economy, preserves wildlife and promotes coastal resilience.”
The work was divided into a base and four options, and the award included the base and two options: A and B. Construction is expected to begin by late November, with completion scheduled for October of 2018.
The contractor will place approximately 1 million cubic yards of beach-quality sand along the critically eroded shoreline of Sand Key, and approximately 63,000 cubic yards of beach-quality sand on Treasure Island at Sunshine beach.
The Corps and the county are actively investigating Hurricane Irma impacts to determine additional sand placement and funding needs for Sand Key, Sunset Beach on Treasure Island (Option C) and Upham beach on Long Key (Option D).