Work has commenced on the retaining wall, also called a revetment, at Middle Beach in Kennebunk. Tammy Wells photo

KENNEBUNK – Homeowners, motorists and others will have noticed some work at  the sea wall between Boothby Road and Narragansett Point began a week ago.

Large boulders are being replaced with bigger boulders – part of the project to repair damage caused by storms.

The project involves of replacement of  1,065 feet of stone revetment and associated restoration of the sidewalk and road.

Director of Community Development and town engineer Chris Osterrieder told the select board Jan. 26 that the work schedule is driven by tide cycles, and is expected to continue until late April.

A portion of Beach Avenue in Kennebunk Beach is reduced to one lane, controlled by traffic signals, while repairs are made to the retaining wall. Dan King photo

A portion of Beach Avenue in the area is reduced to one lane and is controlled by traffic signals.

The select board on Nov. 10 approved a bid by BREX Corp. of Kennebunk for $820,000, the bulk of which will be paid by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Kennebunk’s portion of the project is $82,000. The state picks up $123,000 of the tab.

BREX Corp. delivered the lowest of eight bids for the project. The most expensive bid came in at $2.1 million.

Another project, at Gooch’s Beach, is targeted to start in mid-February, Osterrieder said.

The $1.4 million Gooch’s Beach project involves replacement of 620 feet of timber sea wall with a steel sheet pile wall and associated restoration of the sidewalk and roadway. The town is responsible for about 10 percent of the cost.

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