Projected Beach Nourishment Schedules*
|Nags Head||May 2019||Late July/Early August||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
Nags Head's beach nourishment construction, taking place now in the south end of town, is moving steadily forward to Mile Post 21 thanks to good weather. Construction near Mile Post 11.5 is expected to start about May 25, 2019. As of today, the entire project is expected to be completed sometime in late July or early August. However, these plans may change.
South Nags Head Construction Zone - Dredge Ellis Island
(From Forbes Street Near Mile Post 15.5 South to the Town Limits near Mile Post 21)
The Dredge Ellis Island is expected to finish nourishing the beach on the south end of her submerged line (this is the pipe through which sand is pumped from the offshore dredge onto the beach) near Limulus Street to Mile Post 21 in the next 2-3 days. Once that area has been completed, the pipe running south from the Limulus subline will be removed and installed to run north from that subline, so that operations can progress towards Outer Banks Pier and then towards Jennette's Pier. Construction in the area of Jennette's Pier.
North Nags Head Construction Zone (Construction Not Yet Underway) - Dredge Liberty Island
(From Bonnett Street Near Mile Post 11 South to Forbes Street Near Mile Post 15.5)
The second dredge on the project, the Liberty Island, is expected to begin work about May 25 from a submerged line just south of Curlew Street near Mile Post 11.5. Construction will progress north to Mile Post 11 (2919 South Virginia Dare Trail, which is the Bonnett Street public beach access) first, before moving south from the submerged line near Curlew Street and then further south towards Jennette's Pier. Once construction north to the Bonnett Street access is complete, the pipe will be removed and installed south of the subline at Curlew Street so that operations can progress south to meet up with the Dredge Ellis Island's construction site.
NOTE - Parking at the Juncos and Forrest Street beach accesses will be closed for the duration of the project, which is slated to last 90-120 days. However, pedestrian access will still be permitted. Lifeguard stands will still be in place, but may be moved a few feet to accommodate construction traffic.