Galveston Begins Major Beach ExpansionGalveston Begins Major Beach Expansionhttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=98832015-08-13T13:54:00Z2015-08-14T00:00:00Z

GALVESTON (Galveston Island Park Board of Trustees) – A major beach expansion began this week in Galveston, 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 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 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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