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Pope Road parking lot to close due to beach restoration project

Officials say road to be closed about four months

Pope Raod will be closed for about four months to serve as a staging area for a beach restoration project
Pope Raod will be closed for about four months to serve as a staging area for a beach restoration project

ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH, Fla. – The parking at the far east end of Pope Road in St. Augustine Beach will be closed to accommodate a staging area for the next stage of scheduled beach restorations as part of the St. Johns County Shore Protection Project, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said. 

Starting Nov. 27, the lot will be an equipment staging area, remaining closed for the duration of the project. Construction will last for about four months, officials said. 

The contractor will place about 800,000 cubic yards of beach-quality sand from the navigation channel and ebb shoal on the eroded beach. The project will renourish critically eroded shoreline between the southern limits of Anastasia State Park and 8th Street in St. Augustine Beach. 

The beach will remain open to residents and visitors outside the work areas. The contractor expects to temporarily close at least 1,200 feet of the beach at a time during the project. Public access over the dredging pipes will occur roughly over 200 to 300 feet. 

Swimmers and surfers are strongly encouraged to avoid the construction area to avoid injury. 

Project updates will be available at www.saj.usace.army.mil/StAugustineBeach and our social media pages Facebook.com/JacksonvilleDistrict and twitter.com/JaxStrong