Beach nourishment works along the 2.9 miles of shoreline from the “Haulover” north of Buxton to the oceanfront groin at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in Dare County are now in its final phase, according to county officials.
Weeks Marine recently reported that over 2.3 million cubic yards of sand has been placed within the project’s design template.
This means that about 90 percent of the sand for the project has now been pumped onto the beach. The contractor expects this $22.1 million project to be completed sometime in March.
The county also announced that the Town of Nags Head is working towards conducting its first beach nourishment maintenance project.
The 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, the county reported.
Construction is not slated to begin until late June/early July 2018. Dune stabilization measures such as sprigging and fencing will also be included in the project.