Welches Beach Restoration
The south coast of Barbados, a region with minimal beaches, saw frequent flooding of Highway 7 during storm events. Conceptual and final design work, plans and specifications, and construction administration was required to reduce the flooding and create an expanded beach for recreational use.
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Welches Beach, Barbados
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The initial design was presented to, and accepted by, the public during the permitting process. The project has been extraordinarily successful with both locals and tourists using the beach on a regular basis. The project featured:
- Breakwater and revetment structures using imported granite armour stone.
- Placement of beach fill, which was salvaged from port dredging operations.
- Public access, large planters and landscaping.
- Overtopping of seawall and flooding of the roadway.
- Limited beach accessibility existed at the site reducing public use.
- Poor quality local armour stone did not meet design requirements.
- Construction of new coastal structures to protect the road and to improve the beach, which provided additional coastal protection.
- The existing groyne was extended and reconstructed to increase beach width.
- Armour stone was imported from Canada’s east coast to provide a durable structure.