Beach Nourishment 2017

This page was orginally created and posted on January 21, 2016 in order to best assist our visitors in being aware of the beach nourishment  project in our community.   There are several posts and updates that appear. Be sure to visit the Dare County  More Beach to Love website and individual town sites for the most up-to-date information. 

Beach Nourishment  - We are getting "More Beach to Love

The Towns of Duck, Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hills  and now Southern Shores are planning a Beach Nourishment project scheduled for 2017. The project as proposed will nourish approximately 2 miles of beach in Duck, all of Kitty Hawk and the northernmost 2.7 miles of beach in Kill Devil Hills. Southern Shores has begun the process of joining the project with adding 2500 feet cubic yards at the towns southern point.

The Beach Nourishment project will include pumping sand from the ocean floor onto the beach to build up eroded areas.  That will help to create a wider beach area to protect and enhance our shoreline. The beaches will remain open during this time but access to certain areas will be restricted during the actual construction phase.

Please See the schedule below. *

*This information has been provided by Dare County and the town affiliates. This information is not binding and dates of scheduled nourishment are subject to change. For up-to-date information please refer to the individual towns page that you are interested in, the links are provided below. 

The County has created a website called More Beach to Love so you can stay informed. 

*** Please visit the local town websites for the most updated information on work schedules and impact zones as information is being posted frequently now that the project has begun.   *** 

Dare County Beach Nourishment Updates

Town of Duck Beach Nourishment Updates

Town of Kitty Hawk Beach Nourishment Updates

Town of Kill Devil Hills Beach Nourishment Updates

Town of Southern Shores Beach Nourishment Updates 

 Anticipated Project Schedule Provided by Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company -Prior to construction (about one month prior) we will see the mobilization operations, including laying subline and assembling land-based machinery begin.  

The dredge currently proposed by the contractor to construct the Duck project, The Liberty Island, is currently in the shipyard of GLDD undergoing maintenance.  Once it leaves the shipyard, it is scheduled to complete work on another project and then mobilize for the Town of Duck Beach Nourishment Project.  A second dredge, the larger Ellis Island, is scheduled to mobilize for the Town of Kitty Hawk Project in mid-June.  The Liberty Island will work jointly with the Ellis Island once it completes work in Duck.  

ALL information is not binding and is meant to provide estimated construction times for planning purposes. Beach nourishment start dates and completion dates are subject to change.     

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 specify 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. 

Town of Duck  - project is active and in progress 

Start Date:  Mid to Late May 2017

End Date:  Early to Mid July, 2017


Town of Southern Shores  - As of June 09, 2017 the dates are noted as to be determined: 

Start Date:  TBD  

End Date:   TBD 


Town of Kitty Hawk  - As of June 09, 2017 the dates are noted as to be determined. 

Start Date:  TBD

End Date:  TBD

Town of Kill Devil Hills  - As of June 9, 2017 - the updated schedule has changed and work has begun  ***

Start Date:  Late June-Early July, 2017

End Date:  Mid August 2017

page created January 21, 2016
page last updated June 20, 2017