Projected Beach Nourishment Schedules*
|Nags Head||May 2019||Late August/Early September||3 months|
*This information is not binding and is meant to provide estimated construction times for planning purposes. The beach nourishment start dates are subject to change. This information will be updated as new information becomes available. Please keep in mind that mobilization operations, including laying subline and assembling land based machinery, will begin approximately one month prior to construction to be ready once the dredge is on site.
What is beach nourishment?
Beach nourishment is the process of pumping sand onto an eroding shoreline to widen the existing beach. Sources of sand may include a nearby sandbar, a dredged source such as an inlet or waterway, or an offshore borrow site along the ocean floor. The widened shoreline provides increased defense from coastal storms and beach erosion protecting property, communities and infrastructure located along the shoreline.
Beach Nourishment Project Updates
Town of Nags Head
10 miles of shoreline from the Bonnett Street public beach access near milepost 11, south to the town line with the National Park Service near milepost 21
June 18, 2019
This evening, Tuesday, June 18, 2019, sand pumping operations will cease temporarily as the Dredge Liberty Island sails to Norfolk for re-fueling. At this time, we anticipate construction to be idle for the next 2-3 days until the dredge returns to the area.
Construction has been steadily progressing south in the vicinity of the 4700 block of South Virginia Dare Trail, near Mile Post 13.5. When the dredge returns from Norfolk later this week, work should continue to progress south another two days or so, before the dredge moves to a new submerged pipeline (subline) installed in the 5700 block of South Virginia Dare Trail, near Mile Post 14.5 (by the Epstein public beach access).
Sublines are used to pump sand from an offshore dredge onto the beach, where discharge pipes are placed perpendicular to the subline to transport sand first north (in this project's case) approximately 5,000 feet, and then south approximately 5,000 feet. The Dredge Liberty Island will move to additional landing points as construction makes its way south of the Outer Banks Pier to tie into the beach already completed by the Dredge Ellis Island.
The project is expected to be complete in late August or early September.
- Due to several factors such as weather and equipment issues, to name a few, it is hard to predict where construction will be farther out than 7 days.
- Parking at the Forrest Street beach access will be closed for the duration of the project. The parking lot at the Juncos Street public beach access is expected to be re-opened in mid to late June. Pedestrian access at both sites is still permitted. Lifeguard stands are in place but may be moved a few feet to accommodate construction traffic.