Construction is expected to begin this week on a berm to help save storm-battered Dominion Beach in Cape Breton.

It's been badly beaten by severe weather over the past few years. A tender for the $1-million project has been awarded to New Brunswick-based Northern Construction.

"It's going to start with a base of the five, six-tonne minimum stone," said regional Coun. Darren Bruckschwaiger.

"They got to dig down and set that up and then there's a type of wrapping that they use with the next layer of stone, a mixture of sand and stone, and it goes up to a height and apparently it's backfilled in. So apparently this has worked in other areas and we're confident that this will do the job."

The berm is the first of three phases of work on the beach. The second will see the boardwalk replaced and the final work will fix the beach's buildings.

The beach had been closed for five years until last July, because of sewage contamination. A $20 million sewage treatment plant was put in place — Bruckschwaiger fought hard for the plant.

At one time, thousands of people visited Dominion Beach every day during the summer, making it one of the most popular beaches in Nova Scotia.