Galveston completes $23M project, 15 blocks of sandy beach

Galveston Strand

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Crews have finished a $23 million beach expansion in Galveston that was adjusted from the original 20-block plan due to lack of quality sand.

The Galveston Park Board of Trustees announced the project that began in August was completed Friday.

The plan was to dump about 725,000 cubic yards of sand, dredged from the Galveston Ship Channel, to improve the rocky shoreline between 61st and 81st streets.

Board spokeswoman Mary Beth Bassett says there was less beach quality material than expected in the channel. The project was adjusted to between 61st and 76th streets, using more than 600,000 cubic yards of dredged sand.

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The property is owned by Texas and managed by the park board. The project also involved the city and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, for dredging.