KENNEBUNK — Dredging to remove hazardous shoals is underway on a portion of the Kennebunk River.

The York County Coast Star reports tons of fine sand will be removed from a channel at the mouth of the river to make passage for commercial boats safer. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began the work on Feb. 28 and is scheduled to continue through March 15.

Sand has built up at the mouth of the river as a result of coastal storms and currents in the area.

Dredging of the 8-foot-deep channel will take place from Government Wharf to the end of the breakwater, in sight of a beach area.