Project Highlights

The Canaveral Harbor Federal Sand Bypass Project (Phase V) will dredge 1,340,000 cubic yards of sand from the shoreline north of Port Canaveral and place the sand along 3.5 miles of shoreline south of the inlet during November 2018 through April 2019.

The project transfers sand from north to south across the inlet that is otherwise interrupted from natural drift by the federal inlets, jetties, and channel.

This is the fifth construction of the sand bypass project since its inception in 1995. The sand placement will initially widen the beach by about 150 feet, after which the sand will drift southward, maintaining Brevard’s beaches at their historical dimensions.

The Canaveral Port Authority (CPA) is the project sponsor. Construction is managed and funded by the US Army Corps of Engineers, with additional funding by the CPA and Florida Dept of Environmental Protection, and logistical support from the USAF 45th Space Wing and Brevard County. The construction contractor is Norfolk Dredging Company.

There will be temporary beach access closures for 2 or 3 days while construction moves north-to-south along the beach. See the project website for updated schedule information.

Project updates and progress maps will be posted more or less weekly on this page during the duration of construction.

Current Project Map (PDF Format)

Project Status UpdateS

DATE: 14 February 2019

Beach fill construction is ongoing.  Activities are currently located just south of Jefferson Avenue in the City of Cape Canaveral and heading southward.  Construction is anticipated to be complete by April 30, 2019.

DATE: 17 January 2019

The dredge was in Port Canaveral during part of January 10-14 for weather, returned for work during January 14-16, and will head back into port briefly for a few mechanical adjustments from late January 16 to early January 18.  During the weekend of January 19-21, we expect that the dredge may also suspend work for at least a few hours while seas and winds arise from a passing cold front.   During the coming week of January 21, beach fill will continue along the area of Cherie Down Park to Washington Avenue.

DATE: 3 January 2019

Dredging and beach fill resumed on December 30 and shall continue mostly uninterrupted through April, excepting rough seas and equipment maintenance. Beach fill placement is proceeding southward from the northern end of the City of Cape Canaveral beach and is expected to reach the area around Cherie Down Park (Washington Avenue) by the last week of January.

DATE: 19 December 2018

The dredge CHARLESTON has completed sand placement along Jetty Park and through about 1500-feet south of the inlet’s jetty. The dredge will be temporarily shut down from 19 December through 26 December. Work will resume early on 27 December, seas permitting. At that time, sand placement will commence at about 1500-feet south of the inlet and proceed southward at up to about 300 feet per day.

DATE: 14 December 2018

Dredging and placement of sand to the beach began on December 6.  The sand placement began at about 1/3’rd mile south of the Canaveral Harbor south jetty and is proceeding northward to Jetty Park. Toward the end of December, sand placement will resume south of Jetty Park (around Solana Shores Drive) and proceed southward toward Cocoa Beach.

DATE: 16 November 2018

Norfolk Dredging Company is mobilizing support vessels, construction equipment, and dredge pipeline to the job site to begin the work. They are currently excavating the “trench” across the Port Canaveral Entrance channel into which a temporary pipeline will be placed to transport the dredged sand from north of the inlet to the beach south of the inlet. The 24-inch diameter pipeline will be placed just below the seabed of the inlet channel so that ships can pass over it without obstruction.

Most of the dredging and beach fill equipment will be initially mobilized to the beach at Washington Avenue (City of Cape Canaveral) and Jetty Park. The dredge “Charleston” that will pump the sand through the pipe, across the inlet and onto the beach, is tentatively anticipated to arrive during the last week of November. Weather and seas permitting, sand bypass and beach fill is currently anticipated to commence at the end of November or first week of December, 2018. Placement of sand fill upon the beach will begin about ¼-mile south of the inlet, progress northward to place fill along the Jetty Park area, and then continue southward, placing sand continuously through the City of Cape Canaveral and north Cocoa Beach – to about 0.6 miles south of the Pier – through late April 2019.

The beach fill placement will progress southward along the shoreline by about 100 to 150 feet each day. Locally, the beach will be temporarily closed to public access within about 1000 feet of the daily beach fill construction activity (that is, for a few days at each beach access location) as the construction progresses southward.

Progress maps that depict the current beach fill location and projected schedule of the beach fill construction activity will be posted on this website and updated approximately weekly once construction begins.