All the newly-created 23 beaches along Clacton seafront will be reopened to the public today.
Work is coming to an end on the major £36million project and the remaining six beaches will be handed over by the contractors to Tendring District Council (TDC) later.
The overall length of the upgrade involves 5kms of coastline and the work is being carried out by VBA Joint Venture Limited.
The project is being financed by Tendring District Council (TDC), Essex County Council (ECC) and the Environment Agency.
Nick Turner, TDC s Cabinet Member for Coastal Protection, told Radio Essex that the whole scheme has been carried out with a minimum of disruption considering its size.
The public will have access to the entire area by the weekend and I am sure that they will enjoy the addition to our coastline for many years to come.
County Councillor Roger Hirst, Cabinet Member for Customer Services, Libraries, Planning and the Environment, told Radio Essex: “I am delighted that this project has run so smoothly and has reached each milestone ahead of schedule.”
The new coastal defences will protect more than 3,000 residential and commercial properties for the next 100 years and will act as a catalyst for the renaissance of the seafront.
There will be an official opening ceremony to mark the completion of the scheme later this year.