FOLLY BEACH, S.C. (WCIV) -- Seven months after the budget was approved, the renourishment project for FOlly Beach is finally slated to begin.
According to the Charleston District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the project will take about five months.
In an announcement released Friday, officials said 1.5 million cubic yards of sand will be placed on the coast to restore 5.34 miles of beach.
As long as there aren't any weather delays, contractors will work 24 hours a day, seven days a week, completing 300 to 500 feet per day. After renourishment has been completed, sand fences and beach plants will be installed.
The project is part of a 50 year agreement with the City of Folly Beach, and is the first renourishment project to be taken on in almost a decade.
Folly Beach Mayor Goodwin has been fighting for the cause since 2012, traveling to Washington, D.C. several times to talk to South Carolina lawmakers about trying to get renourishment funds.
Both District 119 Representative Leon Stavrinakis and District 115 Representative Peter McCoy, Jr teamed up to help get over $20 million in funding for the beach.
"The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will help provide protection to properties and infrastructure along the coast while taking precautions to protect the environment," said David Warren, project manager. "The Corps strives to strike a balance between protecting life and property while protecting the environment."
The $30.7million contract was awarded in October 2013 to Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company, LLC. The funding is cost-shared with the City of Folly Beach which is fronting 15 percent of the cost.
While the project is going on, most of the beach will be open. The public is asked to keep away from pipelines and only cross them at the sand crossovers provided.
"There will be occasional minor inconveniences to people during this project, but it is for a major long-term benefit of protecting people and property from storm damage," added Warren.
Updates on construction can be found using the interactive map at http://www.sac.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/FollyBeachRenourishment.aspx