Nags Head beach renourishment project to start by the end of April

If all goes as planned, the project could be finished before the peak of hurricane season. [Sam Walker photo]

The contractor handling the Town of Nags Head’s beach renourishment project said last week they plan to start work on the $42.7 million project by the end of April.

During a pre-construction meeting with town officials last Thursday, Great Lakes Dredge and Dock said they plan to start mobilizing equipment in mid- to late-March and hope to begin construction in mid- to late-April.

According to a post on the town’s website, two of the company’s hopper dredges, the Ellis Island and Liberty Island, will work the project.

Dredge Liberty Island
Dredge Ellis Island

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 to 120 days, depending upon weather and continued equipment operation.

Town officials note this is a very preliminary schedule and is likely to change.

Updates on beach nourishment can be found on the Town of Nags Head beach nourishment webpage and Dare County’s MoreBeachToLove.com.

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