Nags Head Oceanfront Re-Nourishment Project


The Town of Nags Head pioneered the need for beach nourishment  in our community back in 2012 .  The orginal project encompassed the same 10 mile stretch of oceanfront that is proposed in the re-nourishment project being planned.   There are no solid timeframes since the bids for the project are not final.  

Dare County created a website that provides information and updates on the beach nourishment projects in the community called MORE BEACH TO LOVE.   It provides details on ongoing and past projects and will be updated as progress is made and dates are firm. 


a few notes to keep in mind from the town of Nags Head:

• Construction won't necessarily start at one particular end of the project. It could start anywhere in the 10 mile project area (from 2919 S. Virginia Dare Trail - the Bonnett Street public beach access - south to our town line with Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

• There is a good chance we will have more than one pump out area (construction area or closed beach area) at a time during the project as we'll likely have more than one dredge working the project.

• As you probably remember from the nourishment projects that took place this past summer,the schedule will likely change and it will change often. Unfortunately, that isn't helpful to our visitors, but scheduling can be impacted by many different issues including weather and dredge fueling.

"Thank you again for your patience as we move forward. As always, you are welcome to contact me with any questions. - Roberta Thuman, Public Information Officer, or 252.441.5508."


UPDATES on the Re-nourishment project: 

Update from the Town of Nags Head  on 2/1/18 :
"Thank you for your help in getting the word out about our possible beach nourishment project this summer.
Our goal is still to nourish in 2018; however, there are a lot of pieces that must come together before we know if we have a 2018 project or not. We hope to receive permits for the project in mid-March and, at this time, expect our Board of Commissioners to vote on whether or not to move forward with the project in 2018 or 2019 at their May 2, 2018 meeting. With this latest schedule in mind, should we move forward with nourishment this summer, construction would start in late June or early July 2018."

Update issued from the town of Nags Head on 1/12/18 :
"Beach Nourishment Update: The Town is still working to nourish 10 miles of our beach, from 2919 S. Virginia Dare Tr. (the Bonnett Street public beach access near Mile Post 11) south to the town line with the National Park Service, in the summer of 2018. This project has many aspects that must be coordinated; therefore, we don’t expect to have a more definitive nourishment schedule until this spring. As of January 12, 2018, we don’t expect construction to begin until sometime after June 1, 2018, provided we are able to move forward with nourishment this summer. "

Update released by Dare County on 12/1/17 
"The Town of Nags Head is working towards conducting its first beach nourishment maintenance project. As of November 2017, plans call for nearly 4 million cubic yards of sand to be placed on 10 miles of beach during the summer of 2018. Nags Head’s oceanfront from the Bonnett Street public beach access near Mile Post 11 south to the town line with the National Park Service near Mile Post 21 will be impacted over the 4 to 5 month-long project. The Town is now awaiting permits and hopes to receive construction bids in late March or April. The bid amounts may result in delaying the construction until the summer of 2019; however, the preferred goal is to conduct the work in 2018. Construction is not slated to begin until the end of May 2018, with July 16, 2018 as the latest possible date for construction to begin. Dune stabilization measures such as sprigging and fencing will also be included in the project."


This page was created on December 1st , 2017.