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Watch: Beach Replenishment Crews Spread Sand to Enlarge Beach

In the latest in a series of videos detailing the process by which the ongoing beach replenishment project is unfolding, we hit the sand at 6th Avenue in Normandy Beach to see how crews spread sand and physically enlarge the beach after the sand is pumped onshore.

Crews work 24 hours a day on the project, and on Wednesday, they reached the area between 6th and 7th avenues by sunset. The construction workers with Weeks Marine, the federal government’s contractor on the project, use front loaders and bulldozers to take a mountain of sand pumped to shore through a networks of pipes and, in a slow-but-steady fashion, spread it evenly to create a perfectly-sized beach.

After the sand is spread, surveys are conducted from sea and land to make sure the beach is the exact size the contract calls for. After the sand is spread, beach entrances are constructed diagonally to ensure there is a dune both in front of, and behind, the pathway. Dune grass will be planted during the fall growing season.

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