REDONDO BEACH, Calif. -- Final preparations took place here today for the placement of about 75,000 cubic yards of beach-compatible sand in an effort to replenish and protect an active shoreline affected by ten years of tidal action since its last replenishment.
Dutra Dredging, the contractor hired by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to perform the work, finished assembling nearly 1,500 feet of 12-inch diameter rubberized pipe and connected it to the dredge Paula Lee sitting offshore. Andrew Hunt, Dutra's project manager for the work, said that barring unforeseen circumstances he expects Paula Lee to begin pumping clean sand onto Redondo Beach by Wednesday. He expects Paula Lee to place about 2,000 cubic yards of sand per day during the project that is scheduled to last about 40 days.
The material placed at Redondo Beach is part of a Corps project to remove about one million cubic yards of material from the Marina del Rey entrance channel in order to deepen the channel to its federally-authorized depth and improve safety for mariners and first responders who use the marina.