Beach Nourishment

What is beach nourishment? 

Beach nourishment involves the dredging and placement of large amounts of sand from offshore sand sources. The sand is placed according to an engineered plan with specific criteria for a built beach and storm protection. 

How will beach nourishment affect my visit to the Outer Banks? 

Many Outer Banks areas will not be impacted by the current project. However, if you are staying in or accessing beaches in portions of Duck, Southern Shores, Kill Devil Hills, and Kitty Hawk between the months of May and September 2017*, you may be affected. Beach nourishment is also scheduled to occur in the northern areas of Buxton on Hatteras Island between the months of June and August*. Detailed sand pumping location information will be available on the progress map located at MoreBeachtoLove.com, which will be updated during construction. 

Depending upon the location of the operations, you may experience some temporary construction noise, night illumination, and beach access diversions. Please be patient with our much needed projects - beach nourishment is vital to our future.

What is the projected time line?

An updated timeline was introduced by the project managers (Beach Nourishment Consultants, Coastal Planning & Engineering and Great Lakes Dredge and Docks), in January 2017. These dates are subject to change based on weather, equipment, etc. Please note that dredge support operations will begin approximately one month before construction. This will include laying subline and assembling land based machinery. The current proposed timeline is as follows: 

Duck (North): from Now until early July
Details about Town of Duck Beach Nourishment

Southern Shores: from late June until early July 
Details about Southern Shores Beach Nourishment

Kitty Hawk: from early July until mid-September 
Details about Kitty Hawk Beach Nourishment

Kill Devil Hills (North): from early August until mid-September
Details about Kill Devil Hills Beach Nourishment

How can I get the most current information on where the sand pumping is taking place? 

Visit MoreBeachToLove.com for updated information, including interactive maps that indicate where work has been completed and where it is currently taking place. 

*These are preliminary schedules and may change due to weather.

Will I be able to get to the beach while the project is underway? 

Yes! If construction limits access directly in front of your property, you may need to enter the beach at an alternate beach access. 

Sand ramps will be placed over a temporary pipeline at every public access and then in intervals of 300 feet, allowing people to get across and enjoy the beach seaward of the pipeline. There will be a wide beach after nourishment, giving people large areas seaward of the pipeline to enjoy. The newly built beach may be a bit darker than the old beach, but it will quickly bleach out from the sun. 

Or, you may take the opportunity to visit beaches throughout Dare County which offer public access outside of the immediate project area, or visit one of the many attractions located on the Outer Banks such as the Wright Brothers Memorial, Jockey's Ridge State Park, the Duck Boardwalk, or lighthouses found along our coastline. 

Is construction noisy? 

You will be able to tell if construction operations are underway in front of your property. The sounds you will typically hear are the back-up alarms from bulldozers and trucks, which are required by federal law. Lights will be used on the beach throughout the night and may be visible from homes. 

Why do they work in the summer? 

The summer and early fall are the safest times to perform the work. Frequent late fall, winter, and early spring storms make working off our shore very dangerous.

Will they pump sand onto the beach in more than one place at a time? 

Because we have such a short weather window in which to complete the project, there may be more than one section of the beach affected at a time. 

How long will construction affect my property? 

About 1,000 feet of the beach will be directly impacted during construction at any one time. Construction is anticipated to impact properties between 3-5 days. 

Do they work certain days of the week or certain hours of the day? 

The contractors will work 24/7 until the project is complete, depending on conditions.

Estimated Schedule for the 2017 Dare County Beach Nourishment Project

The updated May 2017 schedule provided by Great Lakes is summarized in the table below.  As always, this is still an estimated construction schedule for planning purposes and is subject to change. This information is not binding and is meant to provide the Towns with estimated construction times for planning purposes. The beach nourishment start dates are subject to change.

Town Start Date End Date Duration
Duck Now Early July 45 days
Southern Shores Late June Early July 7 days
Kitty Hawk Early July Mid September 74 days
Kill Devil Hills Early August Mid September 40 days

 

The following image update was provided on May 19, 2017.

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