Solana Beach and Encinitas begin 50-year beach replenishment project

The $32 million initiative aims to repair storm damage and address erosion that could lead to bluffs collapsing.

A sand transportation pipeline and orange mesh fencing on Solana Beach.

Crews get ready to transport sand in Solana Beach.

Solana Beach and Encinitas have begun the process of growing their shorelines. Crews are now working on the Coastal Storm Damage and Reduction & Beach Replenishment project, a 50-year, $32 million initiative that will increase the size of the shoreline in partnership with US Army Corps of Engineers and California State Parks.

The project aims to address decades of beach erosion that could lead to bluffs collapsing. It’s expected to add 25 acres of public beach and double the width of the coastline, reaching 150 ft at some points. Work will be done in Solana Beach every 10 years and in Encinitas every five years.

Currently, crews are working in Solana Beach, where they’ll remain for ~60 days to transport 700,000 cubic yards of sand from the San Dieguito Lagoon via pipeline and spread it on the beach. Once they are done there, crews will start working in Encinitas.

During construction, locals can expect restricted access to parts of the beach, parking lots, and access points.

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