Here at OBX Beach Access, will be doing our best to keep the most current, up-to-date beach nourishment information posted. As work begins and progresses throughout the year, we hope to share exactly which beach access locations are being affected at any given time. Thereby allowing beachgoers current information before heading out with carloads of people, coolers, and gear. Please feel free to comment and/or offer any other info that we may miss. Here’s to our future bigger beaches!

UPDATES

• June 2017 –

Town of Southern Shores
2,500 feet of shoreline, from the Kitty Hawk town line to 44 Ocean Boulevard

June 12, 2017 – Update

Change in Beach Nourishment Schedule – Nourishment of the Kitty Hawk/Southern Shores beaches are now scheduled to commence late July or early August. Given the haul distance from Borrow Area A to KDH is significantly shorter than the distance to KH, GLDD is strongly considering constructing KDH before they do Kitty Hawk and Southern Shores. The shorter distance is more conducive to the smaller dredges and they want to maximize their production while the Dodge and Padre are on site.

Hatteras Island – Buxton
2.9 miles of shoreline from the “Haulover” north of Buxton to the oceanfront groin at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.

June 19, 2017 Update

Due to rough seas, pumping for the Buxton beach nourishment project did not begin on Saturday, June 17. Weeks Marine reports pumping is now estimated to begin midweek, weather permitting.

The starting point for the project, where subline connects with the onshore pipes, is approximately 1,000 feet north of the northern boundary for the village of Buxton. Once pumping operations begin, crews will begin building a pad around the landing point of the subline. Once the pad is completed, construction will initially proceed to the north until reaching the temporary resource protection area that has been established by the National Park Service to protect nesting birds. At that point, crews will move back to the project’s initial starting point and proceed south. When the resource protection area is no longer in place, work will resume to the north. After work is completed to the northern project boundary, work will resume to the south until the project is completed.

Once construction begins, the project is expected to be completed in approximately 90 days under normal conditions.

June 15, 2017 Update

At the pre-construction meeting on Wednesday, June 14, Weeks Marine announced that the pumping of sand for the Buxton beach nourishment project is now estimated to begin on Saturday, June 17, 2017.

Representatives from the company reported that resources are now in place for the start of the project. An 8,000 foot subline (30 inch steel pipe) was submerged toward the borrow area on Sunday, June 11. The dredge C. R. McCaskill was towed towards Buxton on June 13 and is currently positioned offshore of the project area.

The starting point for the project, where subline connects with the onshore pipes, is approximately 1,000 feet north of the northern boundary for the village of Buxton. Once pumping operations begin, crews will begin building a pad around the landing point of the subline. Once the pad is completed, construction will initially proceed to the north until reaching the temporary resource protection area that has been established by the National Park Service to protect nesting birds. At that point, crews will move back to the project’s initial starting point and proceed south. When the resource protection area is no longer in place, work will resume to the north. After work is completed to the northern project boundary, work will resume to the south until the project is completed.

Once construction begins, the project is expected to be completed in approximately 90 days under normal conditions.

Town of Duck
1.7 miles of shoreline, from Oyster Catcher Lane to the Army Corps of Engineers Field Research Facility

JUNE 19, 2017- Update

The Liberty Island is working to pump north until they mobilize to Kill Devil Hills. The current construction zone for this site is between approximately 131 and 151 Bufflehead Dr.

The Dodge and Padre Islands continue work north of the Dianne St. subline with GLDD anticipating completion of this section very soon. When completed, they will flip the shore pipe and begin working to the south of Dianne St. This active construction area is between approximately 101 Bufflehead Rd. and 118 Trinitie Dr. While the entire constructed dune in this area is open for foot traffic, please continue to use caution and obey all signage.

JUNE 18, 2017- Update

The Liberty Island construction zone has been slightly extended to between 135 and 159 Bufflehead Rd. The Dodge and Padre Island construction zone has been slightly extended to between 123 Dianne St. and 119 Sea Tern Dr.

JUNE 17, 2017- Update

The Liberty Island completed the southern boundary late this afternoon. They will now flip the shore pipe and head north from the Widgeon St. . Subline until it is time to mobilize to Kill Devil Hills. The new construction area is from approximately 141 Bufflehead and 155 Bufflehead.

The Dodge and Padre Islands are making progress pumping north to meet the work completed earlier this week. The new construction zone for them is between approximately 123 Dianne St. and Trinitie Dr.

JUNE 16, 2017-Update

The Liberty Island is still pumping to the south and expected to complete that end by tomorrow. They will then flip the shore pipe and pump north from the Widgeon St. subline until ready to mobilize to Kill Devil Hills. The active construction zone for this area is approximately between 123 Spindrift Ln. and the FRF boundary.

The Dodge and Padre Islands continue making progress working north at the Dianne St. subline. Their active construction zone is between approximately 123 Dianne St. and the north end of Quarterdeck Dr. Beach goers in this area can walk along the constructed dune to the open beach. Please use caution and obey all signage in the area. Please be aware that the subline is still in place at the Ocean Bay Blvd. access. Please stay clear of the fenced off area.

Town of Kill Devil Hills
2.6 miles of shoreline, from the Kitty Hawk town line to Prospect Avenue
June 16, 2017-Update

Congratulations to Great Lakes Dredge and Dock and project engineers CB&I – the first sub(merged) line for beach nourishment is in!  I’ve attached the following pictures to make them easier for ya’ll to share.  The first subline is located landward of the surfline at the Helga Street access, which is the staging area for Kill Devil Hills’ beach nourishment project; a second subline will be installed soon more towards the south end of the project, in the vicinity of Coral and Landing Drives.  Additional sublines will be laid as the project progresses.

June 9, 2017 -Update

There has been a major change in the beach nourishment schedule for the Town of Kill Devil Hills’ project.  Great Lakes Dock and Dredge (GLDD), the beach nourishment contractor, will begin nourishment dredging in Kill Devil Hills in late June or early July.  Completion of the Kill Devil Hills project is now anticipated to be in mid-August.

The overall nourishment project began in Duck in May, and GLDD has been operating three dredges to pump sand onto the beaches.  Originally, two of the three were to be relocated to another area away from the outer Banks during the month of June.  GLDD now anticipates that the Dodge and Padre Island Dredges will be available to stay on the Outer Banks until early to mid-July.  In order to maximize the production of these to dredges, they will construct the portion of the project closest to the offshore borrow area, which is Kill Devil Hills.

The bid package for the overall beach nourishment project, Duck/Southern Shores/Kitty Hawk/Kill Devil Hills, did not specific the order in which construction would proceed to allow Dare County the ability to maximize cost savings that could be achieved through scheduling flexibility.

GLDD will begin mobilizing in Kill Devil Hills immediately to prepare for dredging anticipated to begin in the coming weeks.  The company intends on landing a subline, which is a large steel pipe that leads out to the dredge from onshore, in Kill Devil Hills sometime early next week.  The Helga Street beach access remains GLDD’s staging site for the Kill Devil Hills’ project.

• May 2017 –  

Town of Duck
1.7 miles of shoreline, from Oyster Catcher Lane to the Army Corps of Engineers Field Research Facility

May 29, 2017 Update

The Dodge Island dredge arrived on-site and began pumping operations around 6:30 p.m. On Sunday, May 28. The Dodge Island will be pumping south for about 24 hours to build a pad to store equipment before switching the shore pipe to work north from the Ocean Bay Blvd. subline while the Liberty Island continues working south near the Widgeon Dr. subline.

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May 9, 2017 Update

The Town of Duck Beach Nourishment project is anticipated to begin dredging operations around May 20th. Please note that this is still a tentative schedule and is subject to change. Great Lakes Dredge & Dock (GLDD) is now anticipating the use of three dredges (the Liberty Island, the Dodge, and Padre Island), rather than one, for the Town of Duck project. It is estimated that all three dredges will arrive prior to the end of May, though it is unclear which will arrive first.

Once the Liberty Island arrives, the current plan for this dredge will be to begin at the southern end of the project where the subline comes on-shore near Widgeon Drive and will work to the north. The Dodge and Padre Island dredges are expected to begin at the northern end of the project near Ocean Bay Blvd. working to the north to the end of the northern taper.

GLDD has also conducted the pre-construction survey of the beach fill area, which is expected to be submitted within the week. As additional information is received, updates will be made available via the Town’s website, social media handles, and e-news.

GLDD and Coastal Planning & Engineering, contractors for the Town of Duck project, will present project and schedule updates at the Town Council mid-month meeting on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. in the Paul F. Keller Meeting Hall. If you are unable to attend the meeting, a recording of the presentation will be available on the Town of Duck’s YouTube channel and website www.townofduck.com.

Hatteras Island – Buxton

2.9 miles of shoreline from the “Haulover” north of Buxton to the oceanfront groin at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.

May 25, 2017 Update

At a pre-construction meeting on Wednesday, May 24, Weeks Marine announced that the pumping of sand for the Buxton project is now estimated to begin in mid-June.

Representatives from the company reported that the subline for the project is en route and scheduled to arrive early next week. Once in Dare County, the subline will be assembled (approximately 8,000 feet of 30 inch steel pipe) and laid in place underwater. The booster pump, necessary to pump sand to the north end of the project area, will also soon be en route. The C.R. McCaskill, the cutter head dredge assigned to the project, will arrive once the subline has been placed.

The starting point for the project, where offshore pipes connect with the onshore pipes, is approximately 1,000 feet north of the northern boundary for the village of Buxton. Construction will initially proceed to the north until reaching the temporary resource protection area that has been established by the National Park Service to protect nesting birds. At that point, crews will move back to the project’s initial starting point and move south until the resource protection area is no longer in place and work will then resume to the north. After work is completed to the northern project boundary, work will resume to the south until the project is completed.

Once construction begins, the project is expected to be completed in approximately 90 days under normal conditions.

May 8, 2017 Update

Weeks Marine, the contractor for the Buxton beach nourishment project, has announced the first day of pumping has been postponed from the originally projected date of May 21 to sometime within the last week of May.

The starting point for the project, where the offshore pipes connect with the onshore pipes, will be located at the oceanfront approximately 1000 feet north of the northern boundary of the village of Buxton. Weeks Marine has announced project construction will initially proceed to the north of the starting point.

The whole project is expected to be completed within 90 days under normal conditions – approximately 55 days for the project area north of the starting point and approximately 35 days for the southern portion.

• April 2017 –  

(schedule below provided by Dare County Shoreline Management)

Hatteras Island – Buxton

(2.9 miles of shoreline from the “Haulover” north of Buxton to the oceanfront groin at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse)

April 24, 2017 Update- Weeks Marine, the contractor for the Buxton beach nourishment project, plans to begin mobilizing equipment and pipes in early May. Equipment and pipes will be stored near the south end of the project area at the decommissioned US Coast Guard Base.

The first day of pumping sand is anticipated to be around May 21. The starting point for the project, where the offshore pipes connect with the onshore pipes, will be located at the oceanfront approximately 1000 feet north of the northern boundary of the village of Buxton. Weeks Marine is coordinating with the National Park Service to finalize their plan regarding whether pumping will initially proceed to the north or to the south.  The whole project is expected to be completed within 90 days under normal conditions – approximately 55 days for the project area north of the starting point and approximately 35 days for the southern portion.

• March 2017 –

See the upcoming, slated schedules for each town in Making a Sand Investment (via My Outer Banks Home, Spring 2017)