Army Corps project in Long Beach an 'inconvenience' for residents

Residents say the fencing, construction vehicles and machinery will block access to the shoreline.

Residents say the fencing, construction vehicles and machinery will block access to the shoreline. (4/20/17)

LONG BEACH - The Army Corps of Engineers met with Long Beach residents Thursday to address concerns about a project to strengthen the coastline there.

Residents say the fencing, construction vehicles and machinery will block access to the shoreline. The Army Corps says it's working to keep beach closures to a minimum and to work on different sections at different times. 

Some business owners on the boardwalk say they are worried that the construction during the peak summer season will drive away customers.

Long Beach officials say the construction is necessary to protect the barrier island from future storms. They say they have been working with the Army Corps to minimize the impact of construction.

Long Beach City Manager Jack Schnirman say there will be no work performed on the weekends during the summer. He also says workdays will be completed by early to mid-afternoon.

The work is expected to take two years to complete.

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