What You Need to Know About Beach Nourishment
The municipalities in Dare County, along with parts of Hatteras Island, will begin undergoing beach nourishment in June, 2022. Each Town has information on their government websites. Visitors are also encouraged to follow updates on the overall project via MoreBeachtoLove.com. As of May 31, 2022, the following anticipated timeline has been posted:
*All projects are scheduled to take place this year. As contractors provide tentative construction schedules, this table will be updated on the MoreBeachtoLove.com website.
- Town of Duck Equipment staging to begin in mid-August, with an estimated contruction start date of mid-September. Estimated duration: 25-30 days.
- Town of Southern Shores Equipment staging estimated to begin in mid-July, with an estimated construction start date of early August. Estimated duration: 35-40 days.
- Town of Kitty Hawk Equipment staging estimated to begin in mid-June, with an estimated construction start date of early July. Estimated duration: 30-35 days.
- Town of Kill Devil Hills Equipment staging estimated to begin in late May, with an estimated construction start date of mid-June. Estimated duration: 25-35 days.
- Town of Nags Head Equipment staging is estimated to begin in mid-July, with an estimated construction start date of early August. Project limited to South Nags Head (S Old Oregon Inlet Rd), MP16.5-MP21. Oceanfront properties and public beach accesses along South Virginia Dare Trail in Nags Head will NOT be impacted. Estimated duration: 30 days.
- Hatteras Island (Avon and Buxton projects) For the Avon project, equipment staging is estimated to begin in May, with an estimated construction start date of mid-June. For Buxton, staging is estimated to begin in June, with an estimated start date of July. These projects consist of placing a total of 2.2 cubic yards of sand along the shoreline: 1 million cubic yards for the Avon nourishment project and 1.2 million cubic yards for the Buxton renourishment project. Each is expected to take about 40-60 days.
Those who love to visit and those who make the Outer Banks home know that beach nourishment is necessary to protect our infrastructure, our homes and businesses, and our beautiful beaches.
Beach nourishment is the process of pumping sand onto an eroding shoreline to widen the existing beach. Sources of sand may include a nearby sandbar, a dredged source such as an inlet or waterway, or an offshore borrow site along the ocean floor. The widened shoreline provides increased defense from coastal storms and beach erosion protecting property, communities and infrastructure located along the shoreline. Visitors staying in the affected areas may experience temporary construction noise, nighttime illumination, and beach access diversions. The process typically progresses throughout the project area relatively quickly.
Additional options for things to do should the beach near you become inaccessible for a couple of days include:
- Take a day trip and check out another area of the Outer Banks you maybe haven't visited before. This could be the perfect opportunity to check out another beach for the day.
- Visit H2OBX Waterpark! Sun Realty guests receive discounted tickets to the waterpark, which is just across the Wright Memorial Bridge in southern Currituck County. With two wave pools, an adventure lagoon, lazy river, and a number of family and one-two person thrill slides, adventure awaits at H2OBX.
- Visit one of our natural or historic sites. The NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island is a great option for rainy day fun or as a break from the beach. Also on Roanoke Island, you'll find the Elizabthen Gardens, Lost Colony, and Roanoke Island Festival Park, home to the Elizabeth II, a ship representative of one of the seven English merchant vessels from the Roanoke Voyage of 1585.
- Visit one of our sound accesses for crabbing, kiteboarding, kayaking, you name it!
- Watch the re-nourishment in progress! Piers or beach accesses are great spots for watching the activity from a safe distance. Beach nourishment is vital to the health and sustanability of our beaches and our economy, and the whole process is very impressive to watch