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SFPUC Takes on Coastal Erosion at Ocean Beach
Three month project will dig up and level out sand to address chronic beach erosion
Posted Date: 3/21/2018 10:00 AM
San Francisco, CA – This week, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS), will kick off a three month, inter-agency project to fight coastal erosion at Ocean Beach. Over the years, sand has built up the shoreline along the north end of Ocean Beach, blocking visitor access by filling in the stairwells and promenades and increasing sand-related maintenance costs for the City and the NPS. At the same time, the south end has experienced major erosion that is threatening critical SFPUC wastewater facilities and safe access to the beach. As part of the project, crews will dig up approximately 50,000 cubic yards of sand from north Ocean Beach and place it in erosion hot spots at south Ocean Beach.

Read More: Project description and construction drawings

Work will take place mostly weekdays from March through May 2018

Starting this week, crews will work weekdays from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., and may extend until 5 p.m. when necessary.

To prevent sand from blowing onto parking lots and the Great Highway, crews will install temporary natural brush fencing at the worksite and use coarse sand where possible. The SFPUC will also place approximately 700 sandbags in areas that have more defined, severe erosion south of Sloat Boulevard.

Traffic and Pedestrian Impacts
Motorists, cyclists and pedestrians traveling through the area should expect minor impacts. Southbound lanes of the Great Highway between Lincoln Way and Sloat Boulevard will be closed to traffic during work hours. Northbound lanes will remain open. South of Sloat Boulevard, single lanes in either direction will, at times, be closed. To protect public safety, access to the beach will be limited in certain areas when work is underway. Parking areas at the south end of the O’Shaughnessy Seawall, the Sloat parking Lot, and south of Sloat will be unavailable during construction.

Comprehensive coastal protection effort underway
As part of a comprehensive effort, the SFPUC developed short-term coastal protection measures that were authorized by the California Coastal Commission for six years (2015-2021). These measures will continue until a long-term coastal management strategy, currently under development, is complete. The long-term coastal protection measures will include strategies developed in the Ocean Beach Master Plan, which include managed retreat, beach nourishment, and structural protection through adaptive management. The design, environmental review, and permitting of the long-term strategy is expected to take until 2021 to complete.

For more information on the overall Ocean Beach Master Plan, please visit: