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Quincy Shore Beach Shore and Bank Protection Project

Quincy Shore Beach

Quincy Shore Beach, also known locally as Wollaston Beach, is located in Quincy along Quincy Bay and parallel to Quincy Shore Drive. The beach serves a large number of city residents and is an extremely popular recreational spot.

The project involved:

  • Strengthening the backshore by placing approximately 136,000 cubic yards of sand and gravel and 221,000 cubic yards of sand along an 8,500-foot-long stretch of beach between Hovey Street and the Rufes Hummock Seawall.
  • Constructing a steel sheet pile bulkhead, encased in concrete, between Bayfield Street and the National Sailor’s Home Hill seawall, a distance of 5,100 feet. The bulkhead has a top elevation of 18 feet.
  • Constructing a second steel sheet pile bulkhead, also encased in concrete. This bulkhead, which has a top elevation of 19.2 feet, starts at high ground at Billings Street and extends for a distance of 325 feet.
  • Constructing a culvert at Sachem Creek.
  • Extending four existing drains, located at various points across the beach, to ensure they discharge seaward of the above mentioned structures.
  • The project was completed in August 1959 at a cost of $1.9 million.