Ceasrine says all useable sand and cobble will be returned to the dunes area
NARRAGANSETT - Beach parking lot clean-up and restoration efforts commenced on Monday morning as workers from the Narragansett Department of Public Works began removing asphalt and debris from the sand mounds piled high in town beach parking lots.
The move, made in anticipation of dunes restoration and beach replenishment, was a precursor to the arrival of crews from George Sherman Sand and Gravel Co. next week.
The gravel company, under a contract approved by the town council in January in the amount of $42,000, is scheduled to move all of the sand presently located in the parking lots back to the dunes area, shape the dunes and dispose of any debris that remains.
“All usable sand and cobble will be returned to the dunes,” Town Engineer Jeff Ceasrine said in a work session with the town council last week.
Removal of dune sand washover is a critical step in getting the beach ready for summer season. Ceasrine also noted in a Jan. 9 memorandum that the town cannot move forward with the comprehensive damage assessment necessary for claims submission until all of the stockpiled sand is removed from the parking area.
The beach sand replenishment project is scheduled to commence after the dunes have been re-established and appropriate dune fencing has been placed sometime in mid-April. Members of the town’s engineering department and the Woods Hole Group performed post-storm related survey work identifying the amount of damage in town.
Replenishment of the beach is a separate project which entails the purchase of 10,000 cubic yards of sand in the amount of $297,000. The bid award was approved to Sum Co. Eco Contracting, LLC, the lowest bidder by the town council in February.
The town’s engineering department will provide oversight and management services for the project to be completed under assent from the Coastal Resources Management Council.