Five-Month Canaveral Harbor Federal Sand Bypass Project Slated to Begin This Week

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federally-funded project will move more than 1.3 million cubic yards of sand to restore beaches

The largest sand bypass project in the Port Canaveral area in more than two decades will get underway this week. The five-month effort will move approximately 1.34 million cubic yards of sand to replenish 3.5 miles of beach south of Port Canaveral. (Port Canaveral image)

BREVARD COUNTY • CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – The largest sand bypass project in the Port Canaveral area in more than two decades will get underway this week. The five-month effort will move approximately 1.34 million cubic yards of sand to replenish 3.5 miles of beach south of Port Canaveral.

The Canaveral Harbor Federal Sand Bypass Project (Phase V) will pump sand taken from the shoreline north of Port Canaveral along Cape Canaveral Air Force Station to beaches south of the Canaveral Inlet, from Jetty Park to a half-mile south of the Cocoa Beach Pier.

Locally sponsored by the Canaveral Port Authority, the $18 million federally-authorized project is scheduled to begin this week and last through late April 2019.

The project is fully funded and managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, with additional funding provided by the Canaveral Port Authority and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. The U.S. Air Force’s 45th Space Wing and Brevard County are providing logistical support.

“Port Canaveral is an environmental steward of our land and waters. Our businesses, as well as the well-being of nearby residential communities, depend on the responsible use and protection of our land and waters,” Port CEO Capt. John Murray stated.

“The Sand Bypass project is critically important to preserving this coastal region, and we are grateful to our federal partners for their support and commitment to our area.”

Last week, the derrick barge Atlantic from construction contractor Norfolk Dredging Company of Chesapeake, Va., began excavating a trench across the Port Canaveral entrance channel for a temporary pipeline to transport the sand.

The 24-inch-wide pipeline was placed just below the authorized depth of the inlet channel to not impact or interfere with vessels entering and exiting the Port.

Map shows areas where removal and placement will take place for the Canaveral Harbor Sand Bypass Project. (Port Canaveral image)

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