Work on the South Nags Head beach nourishment project has been tentatively scheduled to begin next week, while sand pumping off Buxton has shifted northward and the Avon project has reached its halfway point.
South Nags Head
Great Lakes Dock and Dredge is the contractor for the project from 8031 South Old Oregon Inlet Road at the Comfort Inn South near Mile Post 16, south through 10435 South Old Oregon Inlet Road at the Nags Head/Cape Hatteras National Seashore line.
Construction is expected to begin the middle of next week, most likely on July 20, just south of Limulus Drive, near 10011 South Old Oregon Inlet Road in south Nags Head. Over the next 7-10 days, construction will move south to the south end of the project area at 10435 South Old Oregon Inlet Road.
Once the first section is complete, construction will return to the area near 10011 South Old Oregon Inlet Road and move north to about 9405 South Old Oregon Inlet Road over 5-to-7 days, where construction will cease until mid-to-late August.
In mid-to-late August, a second dredge will arrive and construction will begin near 9021 South Old Oregon Inlet Road and progress south to near 9405 South Old Oregon Inlet Road. Then, construction will return to near 9021 South Old Oregon Inlet Road and proceed north to near 8645 South Old Oregon Inlet Road (station 855). This phase of construction should be completed by the end of August or the beginning of September.
Construction will then begin near 8407 South Old Oregon Inlet Road and proceed south to near 8645 South Old Oregon Inlet Road. Then, construction will return to near 8407 South Old Oregon Inlet Road and progress north to 8031 South Old Oregon Inlet Road, which is the northern end of the beach restoration project area. This phase of construction should be completed by the middle of September.
Oceanfront properties and public beach accesses along South Virginia Dare Trail will NOT be impacted.
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co. has announced that steady progress was made over the weekend for the beach nourishment project that is currently underway in Buxton.
Nourishment of the southern section of the shoreline—from the landing point located at the south end of Tower Circle to the ocean groin field near the original location of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse—is expected to be completed this evening (Monday, July 11, 2022).
Crews will then disassemble the shore pipes, move the equipment near the landing point, and open the nourished section of the shoreline to the public on Tuesday. Pumping will then proceed along the shoreline to the north from the landing point located near Tower Circle.
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company’s second hopper dredge, the Liberty Island, arrived in Avon and resumed pumping operations on the evening of Friday, July 8, 2022.
As of Sunday, July 10, 2022, the volume from the Liberty Island combined with the amount placed by the first hopper dredge, the Ellis Island, from June 19–29, 2022, totals over 50 percent of the project volume (i.e., 500,000 cubic yards out of 1 million cubic yards). Over one mile of the Avon oceanfront has been nourished, and another approximately 1.5 miles needs to be completed.
Coastal Science & Engineering—which is tasked with managing the beach nourishment project that is being performed in Avon by Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co.—has released its second newsletter announcing the latest updates on the project.
To read Issue No. 2 of Coastal Science & Engineering’s Avon beach nourishment newsletter, visit https://www.darenc.com/home/showpublisheddocument/11246
For more updates on Outer Banks beach nourishment projects, visit MoreBeachToLove.com.