Upham Beach Stabilization Project 2017 - 2018
Construction will occur along Upham Beach at the north end of St. Pete Beach.
The Upham Beach Stabilization Project will remove the existing yellow geotextile sand bags and, in their place, construct 4 permanent rock T-Groins. After the 4 rock T-Groins are in place, the current plan calls for the beach to be filled by the Army Corp of Engineers with approximately 150,000 yd3 of sand.
This project will be paid for by the County, with Tourist Development Tax funds dedicated to beach nourishment, and the State. The State will pay for 50% of the Upham Beach Stabilization Project and follow up beach nourishment, up to a maximum of $5.7 million.
On December 13, 2016, the County awarded the construction of the Upham Stabilization project to WEEKS MARINE, INC. The contractor began with Rock Groin (RG) 3 first due to a turtle nest that was in close proximity to RG4. They began excavating and placing marine mattresses and armor stone on August 17, 2017.
On September 5, 2017, the Contractor secured their equipment and demobilized from the site due to Hurricane IRMA. After Irma passed, they returned to the site and were operational again on September 19, 2017.
On September 23, 2017, with the head of RG3 finished, they began excavating and placing marine mattresses and armor stone for the head of RG4. The contractor continued to work on RG4 and finished it on October 18, 2017.
On October 21, 2017, the contractor returned to RG3 and finished it on November 2, 2017.
On November 6, 2017, the contractor began stockpiling rock for RG2 at the north project area. Over the next week, the south project area was sieved and the fence taken down.
As of December 4, 2017, two of the four rock groin structures on Upham Beach have been constructed! Due to expected rough winter weather and the holidays, the contractor has stopped work temporarily and has demobilized their equipment from Upham Beach.
As of April 12, 2018, we tentatively expect the contractor to return to Upham Beach during the beginning of May.
As of April 26, 2018, the contractor expects to be back working at Upham Beach by May 14, 2018. They are under contract to finish by July 5, 2018.
As of May 24, 2018, the contractor began work on May 18, 2018 and is actively working to install Rock Groin 2.
As of June 9, 2018, the contractor has submitted a revised schedule that now shows work extending until July 21, 2018.
As of June 25, 2018, the contractor has submitted a revised schedule that now shows work extending until August 14, 2018.
As of August 20, 2018, the contractor is waiting on the last two barge loads of rock to arrive on site at the end of this week. Once the rock arrives, we estimate it will take the contractor an additional 1-2 weeks to finish the job.
As of August 22, 2018, the contractor is waiting on the last two barge loads of rock to arrive on site, which they estimate should arrive August 27-28. Once the rock arrives, they plan to finish in 3-4 days.
On August 31, 2018, the contractor finished placing rock on Upham Beach. Over the next few weeks, they will clean the beach and near shore of construction debris and adjust a few of the rocks.
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