Beach nourishment work shifts to Buxton; starts heading north in Kill Devil Hills

Beach nourishment work shifts to Buxton; starts heading north in Kill Devil Hills

June 27th, 2022

Beach nourishment along Hatteras Island will change locations today, while the Kill Devil Hills project has shifted directions and started heading towards Kitty Hawk.


Work began last week on the southern end of the Avon project. [Coastal Science and Engineering photo]

Beginning today, Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Co. plans to use the Ellis Island to start pumping in Buxton. A discharge point was installed on the beach near the south end of Tower Circle last week.

Nourishment will commence from that point, and it will continue moving south to the end of the project area, which is located near the original location of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.

The second dredge, Liberty Island, is currently expected to arrive in Dare County in early July (after the Independence Day holiday). Once the Liberty Island arrives, it will pick up the Avon beach nourishment project while the Ellis Island continues working to perform beach nourishment in Buxton.

Throughout this summer, Cape Hatteras National Seashore’s off-road vehicle (ORV) Ramp 38 will remain open, but visitors with beach driving permits can expect some intermittent, short-term delays entering and exiting the ramp as beach nourishment equipment is moved safely to and from the beach.

Although the ramp will remain open, the parking lot at ORV Ramp 38 will be closed this summer. Visitors who planned to park in the parking lot at ORV Ramp 38 should instead consider using nearby parking lots at Haulover Sound Access and Kite Point Sound Access.

Kill Devil Hills

The southern end of the 2022 Kill Devil Hills project near Wright Brothers National Memorial. [Coastal Protection Engineering photo]

Weeks Marine shifted their work to the north last week, transitioning to a sub-line that is located at the Walker Street Beach Access north of Avalon Pier.

Kitty Hawk

Weeks Marine starting today is planning to remove the subline from Kill Devil Hills and move it to Kitty Hawk in the area of 3727 N. Virginia Dare Trail, just north of White Street.

About a 500-foot area will be fenced off and this portion of the beach will be closed until the subline is safely installed. Once the subline is in place it will be fenced off and the beach will re-open.

Work along Kitty Hawk’s beaches is expected to begin as early as next week.

Visit for the latest information about all 2022 beach nourishment projects taking place in Dare County, including projected timelines and answers to the most frequently asked questions.

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