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.   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 is planning for beach re-nourishment in 2019


• 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."



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 

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.

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."

Update from the Town of Nags Head on 03/06/19:

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:

Update from the Town of Nags Head on 12/20/18:

"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 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. "

Update from the Town of Nags Head on 04/05/18: 

"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." 

Update from the Town of Nags Head on 3/17/18:
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.

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.