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January 5, 2013

Saving Plum island homes

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Officials stated that a beach sector in Newburyport, at the east end of 57th Street, is under duress from erosion, as is the beach in front of 2 and 4 Northern Blvd. in Newbury.

At the meeting, engineers with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reported that the fortification of the south jetty is “going well.” About 2,500 tons of stone have been placed on the jetty out of a projected total of 10,800 tons.

The project will strengthen the jetty for about 700 feet east (not the 1,000 feet as once announced), and about 7 feet will be added to the height of the stone structure, officials said. About 15 truckloads visit the site each weekday.

It’s believed that the jetty has a significant influence over erosion on the island and that a repaired jetty will help to stave off erosion.

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