Dune Restoration Project


During the week of December 4, the City of North Myrtle Beach will initiate a project to restore eroded beach dunes from 45th Avenue South to 48th Avenue South and from 42nd Avenue North to 55th Avenue North. Up to 60,000 cubic yards of sand will restore dunes severely eroded by Hurricane Matthew. The project completion date is March 1.

When completed, the new dune berm will measure about 7 feet high and about 35 feet wide. A.O. Hardee & Son, Inc. is the contractor for the $616,000 project. The contractor will begin work in the Cherry Grove section, and will work north to south along the beach.

Sand used in the dune restoration project will come from a dredging spoils basin located on Little River Neck Road. The sand currently in the basin resulted from the Cherry Grove dredging project. Prior to dredging the canals, sand located in the canals was tested and found to be compatible with existing dune and beach sand.

Street trucks will haul sand from the spoils basin to the beach and off-road vehicles will deliver the sand along the beach to the dunes. From there, bulldozers will work to achieve the desired dune berm.

The contractor will have to work between the tides to accomplish the project. There may be some intermittent closures of sections of beach, particularly when the tide is high.

The dune restoration work follows the recently completed $10.6 million U.S. Army Corps of Engineers emergency beach renourishment project, which protects previously exposed oceanfront structures from storm surge.

City of North Myrtle Beach
1018 Second Avenue South
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582