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 the summer of 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 August 30, 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 early November, with an estimated contruction start date of mid November. Estimated duration: 25-30 days.
- Town of Southern Shores Equipment staging estimated to begin in late September, with an estimated construction start date of early October. Estimated duration: 40-45 days.
- Town of Kitty Hawk Beach nourishment began on August 24, 2022, and is expected to take 35-40 days.
- Town of Kill Devil Hills COMPLETED. Approximately 2.58 miles of shoreline was nourished, from the Kitty Hawk/Kill Devil Hills town line to 270 feet north of Prospect Avenue. The Kill Devil Hills beach nourishment project began on June 13, 2022 and was completed on July 22, 2022.
- Town of Nags Head COMPLETED. Approximately 4.45 miles of shoreline from 8031 South Oregon Inlet Road (near Milepost 16) to 10435 South Oregon Inlet Road began on July 22, 2022 and was completed on August 27, 2022..
- Hatteras Island (Avon and Buxton projects) AVON COMPLETED. Approximately 2.5 miles of shoreline from 3,000 feet north of Avon Pier at Due East Road to the National Park Service Station/Avon Boundary.The Avon beach nourishment project began on June 19, 2022, and was completed on July 27, 2022. BUXTON COMPLETED. Approximately 2.9 miles of shoreline from the Haulover Day Use Area to the oceanfront groin at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. The Buxton project began on June 30, 2022 and was completed on August 16.
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 sustainability of our beaches and our economy, and the whole process is very impressive to watch.