A 1,200-foot section of “critically eroded shoreline” in the vicinity of 54th Street is about to be replenished with sand trucked in from mines in Moore Haven, FL, southwest of Lake Okeechobee.
Set-up work for the project was scheduled this week with sand placement beginning next week. This is the second phase of the Miami-Dade County Beach Erosion Control and Hurricane Protection Project. The first phase at 46th Street was completed in early November.
According to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project manager Laurel Reichold, "The renourished beach will help protect infrastructure from both seasonal storms and hurricanes." In addition, she says, "Widening the beach to about 230 feet also improves habitat for sea turtle nesting."
The Corps’ contractor, Eastman Aggregates, will place approximately 70,000 cubic yards of beach-quality sand in the areas between the 5300 and 5500 blocks of Collins Avenue. Beach View Park at 53rd Street will serve as the access and staging areas for trucks, equipment and sand.
Work will be weekdays and weekend, as needed. Crews will work at the access and staging areas, including delivery of sand, 6 a.m. through 11 p.m. Beach work will take place between 7 a.m. or sunrise, whichever is later, and continue through 7 p.m. or sunset, whichever is earlier.
For safety reasons, some beach access areas will be closed and certain public beach access points will be restricted during construction. Motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians are asked to use caution along these areas of the Beach due to what are described as extensive construction activities.
This portion of the replenishment will cost $11.9 million. The project is cost-shared between the federal government (56.6%), Miami-Dade County (21.9%) and the state of Florida (21.5%).
Additional information on the Miami Beach Erosional Hotspots project is available here.
The Corps will post project updates on the web and social media, including the Jacksonville District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Facebook page and on Twitter @JaxStrong @MiamiDadeRER @MiamiDadeCounty @MiamiBeachNews
Image: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Vulcan Materials Witherspoon Sand Mine