Dredge Liberty Island to start Phase III of the Post-Florence project in late January

The Post-Florence Renourishment project sponsors (Carteret County and Emerald Isle), Engineers (Moffatt & Nichol), dredging contractor (Great Lakes Dredge & Dock), and State and federal resource agencies had their first weekly meeting yesterday for the Phase III Project.

According to the officials, the water-based equipment (submerged lines, tugs, ancillary vessels, etc.) should begin arriving later this week and the land-based pipe, office shacks, and “yellow steel” (bulldozers, front-end loaders, etc.) are scheduled to begin to be delivered to the site via flatbed trucks late next week.

They also added that the “dog-leg” 4-WD ramp near the Emerald Isle’s Eastern Regional Access will be the main access point for mobilizing and temporary staging this equipment.

The hopper dredge Liberty Island is scheduled to arrive and begin dredging/pumping sand somewhere in the January 24th – 31st timeframe.

Phase III of the Post Florence Renourishment Project will utilize 2,012,850 cubic yards (cy) of sand obtained from the Ocean Dredged Material Disposal Site (ODMDS) associated with Morehead City Federal Navigation Project.

The project includes four discrete reaches totaling 9.4 linear miles of beach in Emerald Isle – Bogue Inlet Ocean (166,350 cy), West Emerald Isle (708,750 cy), Central Emerald Isle (537,750 cy), and East Emerald Isle (600,000 cy).

Photo: Carteret County