The Village of West Hampton Dunes beach renourishment project is running on schedule, even though the dredging of the Moriches Inlet has been pushed back nearly three weeks due to high winds.
West Hampton Dunes Mayor Gary Vegliante said this week that the ship housing the dredging equipment that will pump between 600,000 and 700,000 cubic yards of sand onto the village beaches has been stationed off the coast of his village since late last week. It was scheduled to arrive early last week.
The renourishment project is the result of a lawsuit settlement between West Hampton Dunes homeowners and federal, state and county governments.
Mr. Vegliante noted that despite that minor delay, the renourishment project is still running on schedule.
“It was delayed slightly because of harsh weather,” Mr. Vegliante said about the arrival of the ship carrying the dredging equipment. “We thought it would be up Tuesday or Wednesday.”
Both the West Hampton Dunes and the Moriches Inlet dredging projects are using the Oak Brook, Illinois-based Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company to complete the work.
Mr. Vegliante said the barge traveled from the West Coast and through the Panama Canal in order to reach West Hampton Dunes. It also stopped off in Norfolk, Virginia, for routine maintenance, according to Mr. Vegliante.
The mayor noted that the dredge’s transfer pipe—a pipe through which sand from the bottom of the ocean is routed to the shore—is already in place on the village beach.
“They’re going to begin pumping shortly, within the next two weeks,” Mr. Vegliante said.