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Oct 15, 2013 3:45 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Beach Reconstruction Finally Begins After Weather Delays

Oct 15, 2013 3:51 PM

After another five days of delays due to bad weather, sand finally began spewing onto Bridgehampton beaches on Tuesday afternoon as the $26 million effort to rebuild long anemic beaches got under way in earnest.

The sand is being pumped ashore from the 300-foot dredging vessel “Illinois” near Mecox Beach in Bridgehampton, taken from underwater areas about a mile offshore.

Over the next two weeks, crews will slowly extend the transfer pipe westward, widening the beach by as much as 60 feet, until they reach Flying Point.

Work will continue around the clock, seven days a week, as long as the weather allows. Over the next three months, the Illinois will pump more than 3 million tons of sand onto the shoreline along 6 miles of beach in Water Mill, Bridgehampton and Sagaponack, doubling the width of the dry beach, providing sand that will help natural dunes rebuild and creating a more gradual slope below the surface of the water to dampen the erosive effects of storm-driven waves. It is slated to wrap up by Christmas Eve.

The crews will complete about 500 feet of rebuilt beach each day.

MICHAEL WRIGHT

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