Large Pipes Carry Sand To Renourish Folly Beach

Dated: 06/10/2014

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Residents and Visitors alike will find Folly Beach lined with 3 foot wide iron pipes, connected end-to-end, on over 5 miles of the coastline beach this Summer as part of the extensive, ongoing, re-nourishment project designed to help protect residents and property from future storm damage.
The Federal Government agreed, (in 1993), to the 50 year plan after the Charleston Jetties were proven to contribute to the Folly Beach erosion. The agreement runs through 2043 with an initial estimated cost of over $115,000,000. Two previous re-nourishments have already taken place and the results are not without critics as every year storms tend to negate the positive effects and have washed away much of the efforts.

The current 2014 phase of the project, (the third of eight), is scheduled to take five months as it dredges 2-3 miles off shore and then distributes approximately 1.5 million cubic yards of sand along the shore.
Contractors, working 24 hours a day, concentrate on 500 feet at a time and have constructed multiple walkovers and access ramps to cross over the pipes every 1000 feet, or so, as the beach remains open to the public.
The work is slated to be done by mid-July and an interactive mapping system and updates can be found here:
The contract was awarded to Great Lakes Dredge and Drydock Company, LLC from Oak Brook, Illinois. 

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