Nags Head Oceanfront Re-Nourishment Project

Nags Head is getting More Beach To Love

                                                            THIS PROJECT IS COMPLETE as of AUGUST 26, 2019 

The Town of Nags Head pioneered the need for beach nourishment  in our community back in 2012 .  The original project encompassed the same 10 mile stretch of oceanfront that is proposed in the re-nourishment project being planned.   There are no solid time frames since the bids for the project are not final.   You can visit the Town of Nags Head Website for information. 

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. 

Town of nags head beach re-nourishment 2019 

As of May 1 , 2019 the project has begun 

                                            THIS PROJECT IS COMPLETE as of AUGUST 26, 2019 

 A FEW NOTES TO KEEP IN MIND FROM THE TOWN OF NAGS HEAD:

• As you probably remember from the nourishment projects that took place in the past, 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 and equipment failures and or maintenance.

"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, Roberta.Thuman@nagsheadnc.gov or 252.441.5508."

 

UPDATES ON THE RE-NOURISHMENT PROJECT:




August 18th , 2019 - Press release from the Town of Nags Head - Beach Nourishment Construction Now Complete! 

Beach nourishment sand pumping operations were completed early on Sunday morning, August 18, 2019 in the 8200 block of South Old Oregon Inlet Road near Mile Post 17.   Thank you for your patience with this project and for your understanding of how critical it is to our town. 

Note to keep in mind -
Nourishment projects are designed and constructed to take advantage of the natural forces, such as waves and currents, to move sand offshore. This process results in a natural sloping beach within the littoral zone (the area between the low and high tide lines), and is referred to as profile equilibration (or profile adjustment). The process of profile equilibration, which typically occurs within 12 months following sand placement (depending on storms), dramatically decreases the width of dry beach from the very wide beach observed immediately after nourishment. This decrease in beach width (profile equilibration) is often misunderstood as the failure of the beach nourishment project. For more information, read the American Shore and Beach Preservation white paper: Beach nourishment profile equilibration: What to expect after sand is placed on a beach. 

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The Gulfstream public beach access just south of Jennette's Pier near Mile Post 16.5 is closed to vehicles (but not pedestrians) until August 27, 2019 while our nourishment contractor removes their equipment from the beach. The installation of sand fencing and sea oats, which can withstand arid conditions, is still taking place in Nags Head's south end. The Juncos Street public beach access is still being used by the sand fencing/sprigging contractor, but the access remains open.  The Forrest Street public beach access near Mile Post 15.5 remains closed to parking, however pedestrians may still use the access. 

May 2, 2019 - Press release from the Town of Nags Head - Project is now Underway
Nags Head's beach nourishment is now underway with the Dredge Ellis Island pumping sand onto the beach just south of Limulus Street in south Nags Head, near Mile Post 20.5 in the 10000 block of South Old Oregon Inlet Road. The project will progress south towards the southern project terminus near Mile Post 21 (at the town/National Park Service line). Once this area has been completed, operations will turn north from near Pelican Street and progress towards Outer Banks Pier and then towards Jennette's Pier. The Dredge Liberty Island will begin working off of a second submerged line (this is the pipe through which sand is pumped from the dredge onto the beach) that is installed between Conch Street and Hollowell Street near Mile Post 11.5. Construction in this area is planned to begin around May 13 and will progress north to Mile Post 11 first, before moving south from the sub-line near Conch Street and then further south towards Jennette's Pier.  NOTE -  Parking at the Juncos and Forrest Street public beach accesses will be closed for the duration of the project, which is slated to last 90-120 days. However, pedestrian access will still be permitted. Lifeguard stands will still be in place, but may be moved a few feet to accommodate construction traffic. " 

April 26 , 2019  -  Beach Nourishment  Update From the Town Of Nags Head
"Great Lakes Dredge and Dock, the Town's dredging contractor for the project, has installed a sub-line (the submerged pipe through which sand is pumped from a dredge offshore up unto the beach) at station 975, which is just south of Limulus Street and just north of Pelican Street in south Nags Head, near Mile Post 20.5. 

On May 1, they will begin construction in this area and will be progressing south towards the southern project terminus near Mile Post 21 (at the town/National Park Service line). Once they have completed this area, they will then turn north from the sub-line near Pelican Street and begin professing north towards Outer Banks Pier and then towards Jennette's Pier. 

They are working to install another sub-line at the north end of town, between Conch Street and Hollowell Street near Mile Post 11.5, so that they can begin construction in mid May and progress north to Mile Post 11 first, before moving south from the sub-line near Conch Street. 

NOTE - The public beach accesses at Juncos Street and Forrest Street will be closed for the duration of the project, which is slated to last 90-120 days."


March 20 , 2019  -  The town released an informative update on Beach Nourishment  
"The Town met with its beach nourishment dredging contractor, Great Lakes Dredge and Dock on March 14, 2019, for a pre-construction meeting. Great Lakes representatives said they plan to start mobilizing equipment in mid to late March and hope to begin construction in mid to late April. Two of the company's hopper dredges, the Ellis Island and Liberty Island, will work the project.

The Ellis Island, the first dredge on site, will start working in the vicinity of Mile Post 20, and after progressing south to the end of the project area near Mile Post 21, the vessel will then move north. The Liberty Island will begin working in early to mid-May. At this time, Great Lakes expects the dredge to begin working in the north end of the project area, around Mile Post 11 and will proceed south to eventually meet with the Ellis Island. Great Lakes representatives said they expect construction to take 90-120 days, depending upon weather and continued equipment operation.

Please keep in mind this is a very preliminary schedule and it is likely to change."  Released via Town of Nags Head 

March 06, 2019: Update from the town of Nag Head
The Town of Nags Head has designated a specific section of their website dedicated to posted updates regarding the Beach Nourishment project planned to beginning this May 2019. To view current updates and stay in-the-know  visit their website at: http://www.nagsheadnc.gov/883/Beach-Nourishment

Interested in learning more about Beach Re-Nourishment and how it will affect your vacation. Take a look at this informative video posted by Current-TV on March 1, 2019.

Aerial View of Beach
Re-Nourishment Project

Take a look at the beach re-nourishment progress in Nags Head!
Video shot by AirRaid Aerials June 3, 2019

We are doing our best to provide our visitors with updates regarding the beach re-nourishment project currently taking place in Nags Head, NC. Be sure to visit the Town of Nags Head, NC website for more detailed information and to view a progress map!

Aerial View of Beach
Re-Nourishment Project

Take a look at the beach re-nourishment progress in Nags Head!
Video shot by AirRaid Aerials 

We are doing our best to provide our visitors with updates regarding the beach re-nourishment project currently taking place in Nags Head, NC. Be sure to visit the Town of Nags Head, NC website for more detailed information and to view a progress map!

Town Of Nags Head

Published on March 1, 2019 - Current-TV

" Town of Nags Head Beach Nourishment May - October, 2019

Improvements today for a better beach tomorrow." 



May 4, 2018 - At their May 2, 2018 meeting the Nags Head Board of Commissioners decided that the project will be scheduled to begin over the summer of 2019.  Bids to start the project came in too high for a 2018 start date.  


Dare County

Published on May 4, 2018

"The Town of Nags Head is working towards conducting its first beach nourishment maintenance project."

December 20, 2018:  Update from the Town of Nags Head
"The Town is moving forward with beach nourishment and still expects the project to start this spring, most likely in May 2019. We will post scheduling information on our web site and update it as much as possible. Information will also be updated on Dare County's MoreBeachtoLove.com web site. Note - The town of Nags Head will soon be launching a new web site that will make finding information on the project's progress much easier. We expect to have a schedule from the contractor this spring; even then, please remember that the schedule will likely change often due to weather, mechanical issues, refueling, etc...We will forward more information concerning this project as soon as we receive it.Please let others know that they can monitor the Town’s web site, social media sites, or sign up for our email broadcast to keep current with the project. "

April 05, 2018 - Update from the Town of Nags Head
"Nags Head's Board of Commissioners discussed the upcoming beach nourishment project at their April 4, 2018 meeting. While the official decision to conduct nourishment in 2018 or 2019 has not yet been made, neither the Board nor the staff has been able to determine a funding scenario that will provide the Town with the additional $16 million, according to the lowest construction bid, needed to conduct a project in the summer of 2018. While a 2018 project seems highly unlikely at this time, the Board will wait until their May 2, 2018 meeting to make their decision." 


March 17, 2018 - Update from the Town of Nags Head
The bids have been submitted and can be reviewed here: Nags Head Latest News   
***The bids will be presented to Nags Head’s Board of Commissioners at the April 4, 2018 meeting.

February 01, 2018 - Update from the Town of Nags Head
"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."

January 01, 2018 - Update issued from the town of Nags Head
"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. "

December 01, 2017 - Update released by Dare County
"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."

 

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