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Galveston $23M sand beach expansion underwayGalveston $23M sand beach expansion underwayhttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=1342015-08-17T13:54:00Z2015-08-17T00:00:00Z

GALVESTON - A major beach expansion is now underway, representing the largest sand nourishment project to take place on the Texas Gulf Coast this summer.

The project will use 725,000 cubic yards of sand dredged from the Galveston Ship Channel to create 20 blocks of additional beach along the island’s seawall between 61st and 81st streets.

“This is the single largest volume of sand ever placed on Galveston’s beaches,” said Park Board Executive Director Kelly de Schaun. “This project is part of a long-term strategy to build public beaches, protect community assets from storm surges and increase property values on the island.”

The $23 million-project is a collaborative effort sponsored by the Galveston Park Board, City of Galveston and the Texas General Land Office.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District — which routinely dredges the ship channel every 18–24 months — will place the material on the beach in lieu of offshore.

The project will take approximately 60 days to complete. During construction, public access to west seawall beaches between 61st and 81st streets will be limited.

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