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July 16, 2019 Nags Head Beach Nourishment Update

Construction has been progressing north from the submerged pipeline located near Mile Post 16 (about the 7100 block of South Virginia Dare Trail, just north of Jennette's Pier).

However, the subline near Mile Post 15 (about the 5800 block of South Virginia Dare Trail) has been repaired, and, as a result, construction has just returned to the area just south of the Village Beach Club. Work will continue to progress south for approximately another 4,000 feet; after that area has been completed, construction will return back to the subline near Mile Post 16. If you are keeping this information straight, we will issue you a beach nourishment expert certificate during your next visit to town hall! Essentially, as we've mentioned before, construction progresses 5,000 feet on each side (north and south) of a submerged line that connects to a dredge offshore. Once construction has been completed 5,000 feet in each direction, work will then move to another submerged line and the process will begin all over again. 

Installation of sand fencing and sprigging to stabilize the newly placed sand has started just south of the Juncos Street public beach access. The stabilization project will progress south to the town line at Mile Post 21 and then flip and progress north from Juncos Street. 

Thanks to everyone for their patience with this project.  We'll continue to keep you updated. 

The Forrest Street public beach access near Mile Post 15.5 remains closed to parking, however pedestrians may still use the access.

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July 11, 2019 Nags Head Beach Nourishment Update

Due to an issue with the submerged pipeline  (this is the pipe that carries sand from the dredge offshore up onto the beach) located near Mile Post 15 (about the 5800 block of South Virginia Dare Trail), construction has moved temporarily to a subline further south, near Mile Post 16 (about the 7100 block of South Virginia Dare Trail).

Progress will continue north from the subline near MP 16 until the MP 15 subline has been repaired.  At this time, construction plans to move back to the MP 15 subline once repairs to the pipe are completed. Then, construction will progress south for approximately another 4,000 feet until the work returns back to the subline near Mile Post 16. 

Thanks to everyone for their patience with this project. We hope that you like the new beach that has already been constructed. We'll continue to keep you updated. 

The Forrest Street public beach access near Mile Post 15.5 remains closed to parking, however pedestrians may still use the access.

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July 7, 2019 Nags Head Beach Nourishment Update

The Dredge Liberty Island is in Norfolk today for additional repairs. We expect the dredge to return to work on Monday, July 8. You can track the dredge's whereabouts at MarineTraffic and search for Liberty Island. 

Once the dredge returns, construction will continue to progress north to tie into the already completed beach near Mile Post 14. After the tie-in is completed, hopefully on Monday or Tuesday, construction will progress south from the subline about 5,000 feet. 

The Forrest Street public beach access near Mile Post 15.5 remains closed to parking, however pedestrians may still use the access.

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June 28, 2019 Nags Head Beach Nourishment Update

The Dredge Liberty Island returned to Nags Head early on Thursday, June 27, and is hard at work nourishing the beach in the vicinity of the submerged pipeline near the Epstein public beach access at about Mile Post 15. However, this evening, June 28, the dredge will sail to Norfolk to retrieve a critical piece of equipment currently being repaired at a shipyard there. We expect the Liberty Island to return to work on Sunday, June 30. You can track the dredge's whereabouts at MarineTraffic and search for Liberty Island. 

Once the dredge returns, construction will progress north over the next 10 days or so to tie into the beach that has already been completed near Mile Post 14. After the tie in is completed, construction will progress south from the subline about 5,000 feet. 

The Juncos Street public beach access near Mile Post 19.5 has been re-opened fully to the public. The Forrest Street public beach access near Mile Post 15.5 remains closed to parking, however pedestrians may still use the access.

June 25, 2019 Nags Head Beach Nourishment Update

The Dredge Liberty Island will be leaving for Norfolk this evening for repairs and is expected to return to work on Thursday morning, June 27, 2019. You can track the dredge's whereabouts at MarineTraffic and search for Liberty Island. 

Over the last few days, the dredge has continued to make good progress nourishing the beach and is now working in the area north of Nags Head's Town Hall, near Mile Post 14. 

While the dredge is in Norfolk, construction equipment will move to a new submerged pipeline (this is the pipe through which sand is pumped from a dredge offshore up onto the beach) located near the Epstein beach access, near Mile Post 14.75. When the dredge returns, construction should start moving north from this subline to tie into the already nourished beach north of Town Hall. Once that is completed, construction will turn south from the subline at Epstein for about 5,000 feet, before having to move to another subline located further south near Mile Post 16, a bit north of Jennette's Pier, where the same process will begin over again.

June 18, 2019 Nags Head Beach Nourishment Update

This evening, Tuesday, June 18, 2019, sand pumping operations will cease temporarily as the Dredge Liberty Island sails to Norfolk for re-fueling. At this time, we anticipate construction to be idle for the next 2-3 days until the dredge returns to the area.

Construction has been steadily progressing south in the vicinity of the 4700 block of South Virginia Dare Trail, near Mile Post 13.5. When the dredge returns from Norfolk later this week, work should continue to progress south another two days or so, before the dredge moves to a new submerged pipeline (subline) installed in the 5700 block of South Virginia Dare Trail, near Mile Post 14.5 (by the Epstein public beach access). 

Sublines are used to pump sand from an offshore dredge onto the beach, where discharge pipes are placed perpendicular to the subline to transport sand first north (in this project's case) approximately 5,000 feet, and then south approximately 5,000 feet. The Dredge Liberty Island will move to additional landing points as construction makes its way south of the Outer Banks Pier to tie into the beach already completed by the Dredge Ellis Island.

The project is expected to be complete in late August or early September.  

NOTES   
Due to several factors such as weather and equipment issues, to name a few, it is hard to predict where construction will be farther out than 7 days.
Parking at the Forrest Street beach access will be closed for the duration of the project. The parking lot at the Juncos Street public beach access is expected to be re-opened in mid to late June. Pedestrian access at both sites is still permitted. Lifeguard stands are in place but may be moved a few feet to accommodate construction traffic. 

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June 10, 2019 Nags Head Beach Nourishment Update

Due to a leak in the submerged pipe through which sand is pumped from offshore onto the beach, nourishment construction south of Outer Banks Pier, near Mile Posts 18.5-19, has stopped. As a result, the Dredge Ellis Island, which was working off that submerged line, is now operating in tandem with the Dredge Liberty Island at the nourishment construction area in the north end of Nags Head, near Mile Post 12.5. Unfortunately, repairing a submerged pipe requires a few days and calm seas, so the beach nourishment contractor, Great Lakes Dredge and Dock, has instead decided to put the Ellis Island to work in the north end of town before she departs the area on June 16 for another project.  

The closed area of beach near Mile Post 19 will be re-opened as equipment is removed. 
Although two dredges will be working in tandem in the north end of town, there will still only be one closed construction area. 

Construction near Mile Post 12.5 is progressing south of the landing point located near the Curlew public beach access. On about Thursday, June 13, the pipes running south of Curlew will be moved to the second landing point in the 4300 block of South Virginia Dare Trail (north of Danube Street). Construction will then progress about 500 feet north to tie into the beach built from the first landing point. Once that is completed, work will progress 500 feet south. Then, the Liberty Island will move to additional landing points as construction makes its way south of the Outer Banks Pier to tie into the beach already completed by the Dredge Ellis Island.

Construction is expected to be complete in late August or early September.  

NOTES   
Due to several factors such as weather and equipment issues, to name a few, it is hard to predict where construction will be farther out than 7 days.
Parking at the Forrest Street beach access will be closed for the duration of the project. The parking lot at the Juncos Street public beach access is expected to be re-opened in mid to late June. Pedestrian access at both sites is still permitted. Lifeguard stands are in place but may be moved a few feet to accommodate construction traffic. 

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June 6, 2019 Beach Nourishment Update

The Dredge Ellis Island is now working off a landing point located just south of Outer Banks Pier. Over the next 5-6 days (please keep in mind this timeframe could change), the construction associated with this dredge will progress about 500 feet south to tie into the beach that has already been nourished near James Street (a little south of Mile Post 19). Once this 500 feet of beach has been nourished, the pipes running south will be switched to run north and construction will progress north and then under and just past the Outer Banks Pier. 

Construction associated with the Dredge Liberty Island will progress south of the landing point located near the Curlew public beach access over the next 4-5 days (again, this timeframe could change). After about 500 feet of beach has been nourished, the pipes will be moved to the second landing point in the 4300 block of South Virginia Dare Trail (north of Danube Street). Construction will then progress about 500 feet north to tie into the beach built from the first landing point. Once that is completed, work will progress 500 feet south. Then, the dredge will move to additional landing points as construction makes its way towards the Outer Banks Pier to tie into the beach already completed by the Dredge Ellis Island.

Construction is expected to be complete in late August or early September.  

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May 31, 2019 Beach Nourishment Update

The Dredge Ellis Island should begin work again late Friday afternoon, May 31, 2019, near Surfside Drive in south Nags Head. Work will progress over the next two weeks towards the Outer Banks Pier at Mile Post 18.5 before leaving the project.

The Dredge Liberty Island is quickly progressing north of Nags Head Pier to the Bonnett Street public beach access at 2919 South Virginia Dare Trail. Once there,  the contractor will remove their pipe and place it south of the landing point located just south of the Curlew public beach access. Work will then progress south to the Outer Banks Pier area to tie into the beach already completed by the Dredge Ellis Island. Construction is expected to be complete in late August or early September.  

NOTE -  Parking at the Forrest Street beach access will be closed for the duration of the project. The parking lot at the Juncos Street public beach access is expected to be re-opened in mid to late June. Pedestrian access at both sites is still permitted. Lifeguard stands are in place but may be moved a few feet to accommodate construction traffic. 

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May 28, 2019 Beach Nourishment Update

The Dredge Liberty Island is beginning beach nourishment work today near the Curlew Street public beach access at about Mile Post 11.5. The Dredge Ellis Island remains in Norfolk due to required repair work.  

Main Points

Beach nourishment construction in the south end of Nags Head near Mile Post 20 has been temporarily halted due to the Dredge Ellis Island traveling to Norfolk for repair work. At this time, we do not know when the Dredge Ellis Island is expected to be back on the project. We will keep you updated when we know more. However, the Ellis Island is still expected to work to just north of Outer Banks Pier near Mile Post 18.5 before leaving the project in mid-June.
Construction near Mile Post 11.5 is starting today and will progress quickly north to the Bonnett Street public beach access at 2919 S. Virginia Dare Trail, before turning back south again from a landing point just south of the Curlew Street public beach access and progressing south towards the Outer Banks Pier near Mile Post 18.5.   

NOTE -  Parking at the Forrest Street beach access will be closed for the duration of the project. The parking lot at the Juncos Street public beach access is expected to be re-opened in mid to late June. Pedestrian access at both sites is still permitted. Lifeguard stands are in place but may be moved a few feet to accommodate construction traffic. 

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May 16, 2019 Beach Nourishment Update

Nags Head's beach nourishment construction, taking place now in the south end of town, is moving steadily forward to Mile Post 21 thanks to good weather. Construction near Mile Post 11.5 is expected to start about May 25, 2019. As of today, the entire project is expected to be completed sometime in late July or early August. However, these plans may change. 

South Nags Head Construction Zone - Dredge Ellis Island
(From Forbes Street Near Mile Post 15.5 South to the Town Limits near Mile Post 21)

The Dredge Ellis Island is expected to finish nourishing the beach on the south end of her submerged line (this is the pipe through which sand is pumped from the offshore dredge onto the beach) near Limulus Street to Mile Post 21 in the next 2-3 days. Once that area has been completed, the pipe running south from the Limulus subline will be removed and installed to run north from that subline, so that operations can progress towards Outer Banks Pier and then towards Jennette's Pier. Construction in the area of Jennette's Pier.

North Nags Head Construction Zone  (Construction Not Yet Underway) - Dredge Liberty Island
(From Bonnett Street Near Mile Post 11 South to Forbes Street Near Mile Post 15.5) 

The second dredge on the project, the Liberty Island, is expected to begin work about May 25 from a submerged line just south of Curlew Street near Mile Post 11.5. Construction will progress north to Mile Post 11 (2919 South Virginia Dare Trail, which is the Bonnett Street public beach access) first, before moving south from the submerged line near Curlew Street and then further south towards Jennette's Pier. Once construction north to the Bonnett Street access is complete, the pipe will be removed and installed south of the subline at Curlew Street so that operations can progress south to meet up with the Dredge Ellis Island's construction site. 

NOTE -  Parking at the Juncos and Forrest Street 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. 

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May 9, 2019 Beach Nourishment Update

Nags Head's beach nourishment project is progressing well with construction moving south towards the town line with the National Park Service at Mile Post 21. Once this area has been completed in 10 days or so, operations will turn north from near Pelican Street and begin progressing north towards Outer Banks Pier and then towards Jennette's Pier. 

The Dredge Liberty Island will begin working off of a second submerged line (through which sand is pumped from the dredge onto the beach) installed between Conch Street and Hollowell Street near Mile Post 11.5. Construction in this area is planned to begin around May 25, 2019 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.

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March 20, 2019 Beach Nourishment Update

The Town of Nags Head 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 that 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 is likely to change.

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What You Need to Know About Beach Nourishment

The Town of Nags Head is projected to begin their re-nourishment project in May 2019. The project is expected to last possibly into October 2019.

Please note that not every home in Nags Head and South Nags Head will be impacted. Those that are impacted will only be directly affected for a few days before the project work progresses to another area.

Approximately 4 million cubic yards of sand will be placed on 10 miles of beach from the Bonnett Street public access near Mile Post 11 south to the town line with the National Park Service near Mile Post 21. Dune stabilization measures such as sprigging and fencing will also be included in the project.

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.

Visitors are encouraged to stay tuned to MoreBeachtoLove.com for all details and updates on the project's progress and view maps of the project areas. There, you can sign up email updates and see areas which have already been completed, to help youplan your stay.

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.

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 our beaches in Duck or Corolla, Hatteras Island, or as close as Kill Devil Hills or Kitty Hawk 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! There are three piers in the overall project area, which make 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. K
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