|The sand management project has begun. Photo: B. McLaughlin 12/1/14|
Monday, December 1, 2014
Sand Project Has Begun for South Parking Lot
GREAT HIGHWAY SOUTHBOUND LANES WILL BE CLOSED FOR SAND MANAGEMENT PROJECT
BEACH ACCESS TO BE RESTORED SOUTH OF SLOAT
The San Francisco Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation is pleased to announce that the long awaited project to bring sand to Sloat’s southern parking lot has begun.
The National Park Service (NPS), in cooperation with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), is presently conducting a sand management project at Ocean Beach. Like the 2012 effort, excess sand in front of the O'Shaughnessy Seawall at North Ocean Beach is being excavated and then transported to the beach at the erosion hotspot south of Sloat Boulevard. In contrast to 2012, the sand this time will be brought to the southern parking lot.
The Surfrider Foundation would like to emphasize that the current project is not the long term, sustainable fix for Sloat area erosion. That plan is currently under design by the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research (SPUR)’s Ocean Beach Master Plan. However, the action will bring important benefits. Chiefly, the sand will create safe access to the beach for the southern parking lot. Presently, the only way to get to the beach at the south lot is to scale down an eroding mixture of rock and concrete debris.
In 2012, according to the National Park Service website, approximately 73 thousand cubic yards of sand was relocated. The current project is slated to transfer approximately 30 thousand cubic yards of sand. The south bound lanes are to be closed Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM. The project is scheduled to be completed within five weeks. The cost of the project is $500,000 according to SFPUC.