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Posted on: January 18, 2017

Third Phase of Galveston Beach Nourishment is Underway

Galveston’s third phase of beach nourishment is underway. The first of up to 1 million cubic yards of sand began pumping Monday. The $19.5 million project will replenish more than three miles of beach along Galveston's seawall between 12th and 61st streets.


The project is being funded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Texas General Land Office, and the City of Galveston. When complete, the beaches are expected to be widened by up to 150 feet.


Known as a “pipeline dredge” project, pipes and pumps will move sand from the Galveston ship channel at Big Reef (east of Apffel Park) to the expansion sites. The staging area for the project will be located at Stewart Beach, where construction equipment, pipes and pumps will be housed.


During the project, those who do go to the beach will be accommodated. Ramps will be placed over the pipes to allow access to the water.


The entire project is expected to last four to five months. It will be the third sand nourishment project undertaken in Galveston since 2015. The first project was completed in March 2015 and added a half-mile of beach west of the Seawall at Dellanera Park. The second project, completed in November 2015, added more than 15 blocks of brand new beach along the Seawall west of 61st Street.


The projects are expected to reduce shoreline erosion and fortify the beaches.


“When combined, these projects represent the single largest beach nourishment effort to date in Texas,” de Schaun said. “They represent a $44 million investment in the Galveston coastline and would not be possible without the cooperation of our partners: the Texas General Land Office, the City of Galveston and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.”

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Press Release Issued by the Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau

Contact: Mary Beth Bassett, CTA, Public Relations Coordinator

409-797-5121 or mbassett@galvestoncvb.com

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