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Restoration of stretch of North Beach begins

Workers move sand along North Beach in Corpus Christi during a previous renourishment project. Photo courtesy of Texas General Land Office

Renourishment work to address erosion on Corpus Christi’s North Beach began Nov. 2. The $734,199 project should finish by Nov. 18, weather permitting. The erosion was caused by Hurricane Harvey in 2017.

Crews will place 8,300 cubic-yards of beach-quality sand along 3,200 feet of beachfront to restore it to pre-Harvey conditions. The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Texas General Land Office are funding the project.

Work started at the Bridgeport Avenue parking lot and will move north, ending at Golf Place. The North Beach boardwalk will remain open during restoration, but beach-goers should heed safety signs denoting work zones.

Omaha-based HDR Inc. is the project’s consultant. Brizo Construction of Houston is the contractor.

North Beach has been a popular destination for tourists and residents alike for over 100 years. It is home to two of Corpus Christi’s top attractions: the USS Lexington aircraft carrier and the Texas State Aquarium.

On Nov. 1, the Corpus Christi City Council gave final approval to the North Beach Revitalization and Drainage Improvement Plan and Phase 1 of its implementation. The $14 million project includes a linear open space and channel, elevation and improvements at Surfside Park, and elevation and reconstruction of Gulfspray and Beach avenues.

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