Dredge equipment is nearly in place for a $22 million Shinnecock Bay dredge project that will nourish 5.7 miles of beach between Water Mill and Sagaponack.
The project, according to Aram Terchunian, a coastal geologist with First Coastal Corporation is set to start this week and continue 24/7 through January 15.
The Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company was contracted to do the work by the Town of Southampton, which is paying $1.5 million toward the cost of the project with area property owners voting to create special taxing districts to fund the rest.
Those property owners, will pay off the remaining over the next 10 years.
Once the project is complete, Terchunian said 2,573,000 cubic yards will be placed along the beach, widening the beaches by between 75 to 100 feet.
The beaches, were all detrimentally affected by Hurricane Sandy, which made landfall on Oct. 29, 2012.