The Kitty Hawk beach renourishment project set for 2022

The Town of Kitty Hawk in Dare County, North Carolina, is in the beginning stages of planning for the 2022 beach renourishment project and has contracted with Coastal Protection Engineering out of Wilmington (NC).

Initial beach nourishment project for the Town of Kitty Hawk was completed in the summer of 2017. Recurring maintenance of that project is expected and is being planned by the town.

The town anticipates beginning the permitting phase with all environmental agencies this year. The project will be done in conjunction with Dare County, the Town of Southern Shores, the Town of Duck and Kill Devil Hills.

The initial beachfill project that was completed in the summer of 2017 included placement of 1,845,000 CY of beach compatible sand along the town’s shoreline.

Sand used to construct the project was dredged from an offshore borrow source. Following the construction of the project, the town implemented a maintenance program to monitor the performance of the Shore Protection Project and determine when periodic renourishment is needed to maintain the project.

The renourishments, expected to occur on a 5 year cycle, will initially involve dredging of the borrow area offshore Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head. The estimated volume of material required for this maintenance cycle of the Kitty Hawk project is 645,000 CY.

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