Latest Video Update

Released October 20
Latest video update regarding beach nourishment projects in the Town of Kitty Hawk & on Hatteras Island near Buxton.

 


Projected Beach Nourishment Schedules*

Start Date

End Date

Duration

   Buxton

Underway TBD  90 days
   Nags Head  TBD 2018/19 TBD 2018/19   TBD 

   Duck

Completed in 2017

   Southern Shores

Completed in 2017

   Kitty Hawk

Completed in 2017

   Kill Devil Hills

Completed in 2017

*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

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Hatteras Island - Buxton

2.9 miles of shoreline from the "Haulover" north of Buxton to the oceanfront groin at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse at a cost of 22.1 million dollars.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The dredge R.N. Weeks returned to Buxton and resumed pumping earlier this week. Weather and marine conditions permitting, pumping operations will continue to proceed south in front of the village. Click here to view the interactive project map and view the current construction zone. According to Weeks Marine, as of Tuesday, November 21 approximately 48% of the contract volume has been placed on the beach. 

Thursday, November 16, 2017 

The hopper dredge R.N. Weeks remained in safe harbor in Jacksonville, Florida over the past week. The repairs on the dredge have been completed, and the dredge was scheduled to be put back in the water and have the US Coast Guard inspection yesterday (November 15). If everything goes as planned, the dredge will leave Jacksonville today (November 16) and is expected to arrive in Buxton Saturday evening or Sunday morning. The weather forecast shows workable conditions from Sunday to Wednesday of next week. If this forecast holds true, the dredge will resume pumping shortly after its return to the jobsite.

Before operations were shut down last Monday, Weeks Marine reported that ~1,222,575 cubic yards of sand has been placed on the beach. This volume is equivalent to ~47% of the project total (2,600,000 cubic yards). Once the dredge is back in Buxton, work will resume approximately 700 feet south of the first building in Buxton and proceed south until it reaches the southern boundary of the project.

Weeks Marine reports that sea trials of the larger hopper dredge Magdalen have been progressing smoothly and their engineering team is working on the pre-dredging drawings and documents that will be submitted to the Corps of Engineers. An estimated date for arrival of the larger dredge will be announced once the timeframe is established.   

To view the updated construction zone, click on the Buxton Project Map below. 

Buxton Project Map

Town of Nags Head Beach Nourishment Logo

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 

The Town of Nags Head is working towards conducting its first beach nourishment maintenance project. As of November 2017, plans call for nearly 4 million cubic yards of sand to be placed on 10 miles of beach during the summer of 2018. Nags Head’s oceanfront from the Bonnett Street public beach access near Mile Post 11 south to the town line with the National Park Service near Mile Post 21 will be impacted over the 4 to 5 month-long project. The Town is now awaiting permits and hopes to receive construction bids in late March or April. The bid amounts may result in delaying the construction until the summer of 2019; however, the preferred goal is to conduct the work in 2018. Construction is not slated to begin until the end of May 2018, with July 16, 2018 as the latest possible date for construction to begin. Dune stabilization measures such as sprigging and fencing will also be included in the project.

Click here for more information on the Town of Nags Head beach nourishment project.

 

Town of Duck

Click here for more information about the project in the Town of Duck.

Town of Kitty Hawk

Click here for more information about the project in Kitty Hawk.

Town of Kill Devil Hills

 Click here for more information about the project in Kill Devil Hills.

Town of Duck

Click here for more information about the project in the Town of Duck.

Town of Kitty Hawk

Click here for more information about the project in Kitty Hawk.

Town of Kill Devil Hills

 Click here for more information about the project in Kill Devil Hills.