2017 Beach Renourishment Project

Not only do Horry County beaches support tourism and the local economy, they also help protect over $3.5 billion worth of shorefront property and provide critical habitat for sea turtles, shore birds, and other marine wildlife. The long-term management of the County's shoreline involves shore protection projects, dune enhancements, and regional sediment management with extensive partnerships with State and Federal agencies.

Project Timeline

Beginning July 22, 2017, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will begin to renourish the sand along the south end (Reach 3) due to the critically eroded shoreline from the past two hurricanes. Work is estimated to take 60 days to complete. The renourishment along the north end (Reach 1) should begin mid-September and wrap up in mid-November. More than a million cubic yards of sand (362,000 CY –Reach 1 and 808,000 CY – Reach 3) will be added to both reaches and work will be conducted 24/7 to complete the project. The cost share of the project includes $21.5 million in federal funding and $4.8 million in state/local funding (State - $2.4 million, Horry County -$1,248,000 , Surfside Beach - $672,000, Georgetown County - $480,000)..

The Corps is the lead agency on this project and has provided a “real time” tracking map on where temporary closures will take place along the oceanfront.

Real Time Construction Map

Beach Access Parking in Garden City

Name NO. Of Standard Parking NO. Of Handicap Parking NO. Of Golf Cart Parking
Anglers Drive 9 1 0
Azalea Avenue 13 1 0
Azalea Avenue - Pay Parking Lot 47 2 0
*Calhoun Drive 0 2 9
Cedar Avenue 5 1 0
Cypress Avenue 0 0 0
Hawes Avenue 11 1 3
Holly Avenue 9 1 5
Holiday Drive 8 1 0
Magnolia Avenue 58 4 0
Oak Avenue 4 1 0
Pine Avenue 14 1 5
Rainbow Drive 5 0 0
Seabreeze Drive 6 1 0
Sunset Drive 7 1 0
Woodland Drive 0 0 18
Yaupon Avenue 6 1 7

*Calhoun Beach Access will be partially closed for the duration of the project and only allow golf cart parking and public beach access. Public parking of vehicles will be kept open on Calhoun on the west side of a Waccamaw Drive.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is beach renourishment important?
Beach renourishment is an environmentally sensitive and educational opportunity that benefits both residents and visitors. A wider beach provides extended storm protection in Horry County for over $3.7 billion of oceanfront residential and business properties. A wider beach ensures a protected and sustained natural environment for the sea turtles and sea birds that make their homes or nest on our beaches.
How often is beach renourishment needed?
A beach renourishment is necessary every seven to 10 years, depending on weather conditions and storms passing through the area. Horry County’s last beach renourishment was in 2008.
How does the sand get to the beach?
The sand is dredged from the offshore borrow areas into a hopper dredge. The hopper dredge motors from the borrow area closer to the project site and hooks up to a submerged pipeline. The submerged pipeline runs from just off the beach up onto the beach and connects to shore pipeline, which runs laterally along the dry beach. The sand is discharged as a water/sand slurry mixture through the pipeline, and bulldozers reshape the sand to meet the designed construction template.
What are the working hours for the project?
The project is permitted for, and will be constructed, 24 hours a day, seven (7) days a week
How will beach renourishment affect beach-goers?
  • Although certain inconveniences are unavoidable, the project will be conducted as quickly, efficiently and safely as possible. The construction active site will be about 1,000 ft. as they work along the shoreline. This site will be closed between 2-3 days, but temporary beach access ramps will accommodate visitors to the beach. As soon as a section is built up, it is immediately re-opened. The nourishment sand will be excavated by a hydraulic dredge and picks up small amounts of shell and mud with the sand. For that reason, newly place sand at first often appears quite dark. Within a few days, however, the sun oxidizes the non-sandy material, and the beach eventually turns as light as it was before the project.
  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is the lead agency on this project and has provided a “real time” tracking map on where temporary closures will take place along the oceanfront. View the map.
What can be done about the noise from the machinery back-up alarms?
The back-up alarms cannot be turned off. The alarms are a safety device required by Federal law to protect people from being hit by machinery when the driver is unable to see directly behind his equipment.
Will there be vibration monitoring along the beach front for existing structures?
Yes. A firm is contracted to monitor vibrations from the construction equipment throughout the project.

Reach 1

Reach 1

Reach 1 – includes the City of North Myrtle Beach. Reach 1 should begin mid-September/October and completed in November. A total of 3.5 miles.

Reach 3

Reach 3

Reach 3 – (Garden City / Surfside): – Renourishment on Reach 3 will begin in the vicinity of Surfside Beach Pier and work north to the Myrtle Beach State Park. This is estimated to take 25-35 days barring any significant weather or mechanical delays. After that section is complete, renourishment will then move south from the Surfside Beach Pier to the southern project boundary in Georgetown County. This section is estimated to take an additional 30-35 days and Reach 3 should be completed by mid-September. Total project length of Reach 3 is 7.5 miles.