Avalon’s spring beach fill project has advanced south to the 15th Street beach on Friday, May 6th. Good weather remains in the forecast for continual beach nourishment operations through Mother’s Day weekend.
Avalon’s beach nourishment project began shortly before 12 Noon on Saturday, April 30th at the 8th Street beach and jetty. The project will continue moving in a southerly direction on the beachfront, averaging about one to one and a half blocks per day. The project is expected to last approximately two more weeks and possibly conclude sometime during the week of May 16th in advance of the Memorial Day weekend. Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company of Illinois, the contractor for the project, reports sand is being placed on the Avalon beachfront at a rate of 2600 cubic yards per hour.
Beach access in the immediate work area is restricted during this beach fill operation. Generally two to three beach blocks in the immediate work area are closed to the public while sand is placed on the beach. Beach blocks continue to reopen to the public as the operation moves south along the Avalon beachfront. Great Lakes officials believe that the beach fill operation will be in the vicinity of the 18th Street beach during the upcoming Mother’s Day weekend.