By DINA ARÉVALO
Port Isabel-South Padre Press
Dredging at the mouth of the jetties commenced this week, along with beach nourishment using the sand spoils from the project.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) recently awarded a $6.5 million contract to Weeks Marine to dredge the Brazos Island Harbor (BIH) jetty and entrance channel in what will be the largest such dredging project in the area to date.
The materials removed from the floor of the channel are already being used to renourish parts of the beach along the City of South Padre Island shoreline, known as hotspots, where erosion is happening the fastest. Original estimates stated approximately 650,000 cubic yards would be deposited along the City’s beaches, but that estimate has now been amended to approximately 550,000 cubic yards, said Seth Jones, USACE operations manager for the Galveston District Tuesday.
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