Oceanside harbor dredging ends with COVID-19 slowdown

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Contractor Manson Construction says it has ended a dredging operation at Oceanside harbor because of COVID-19, the San Diego Union Tribune reports.

The original plans were to remove about 400,000 cubic yards of sand, but the work has wrapped up with only 250,000 completed.

Heavy weather conditions, with rough seas and the march rains combined with Covid-19 to render the ongoing operation untenable. However, the 250,000 cubic yards is around the is around the same as is generally achieved in yearly maintenance dredging, the newspaper reported.

“As it got to the end, they went from three shifts, 24 hours a day, down to one shift a day,” Oceanside Harbor Division Manager Ted Shiafone was quoted as saying. “A lot of employees went home to be with their families.”

He said sand was dumped south of the pier, where it would go on to nourish various eroded beaches. “They got farther south on the beach with sand than they have in many years, past Tyson Park.”

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