Projected 2017 Beach Nourishment Schedules*

Outer Banks Beach Nourishment

*This information is not binding and is meant to provide estimated construction times for planning purposes. The beach nourishment start dates are subject to change. This information will be updated as new information becomes available. Please keep in mind that mobilization operations, including laying subline and assembling land based machinery, will begin approximately one month prior to construction to be ready once the dredge is on site.

What is beach nourishment?

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.

Current Beach Nourishment Project Updates

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Hatteras Island – Buxton

2.9 miles of shoreline from the “Haulover” north of Buxton to the oceanfront groin at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.

April 24, 2017 Update

Weeks Marine, the contractor for the Buxton beach nourishment project, plans to begin mobilizing equipment and pipes in early May. Equipment and pipes will be stored near the south end of the project area at the decommissioned US Coast Guard Base.

The first day of pumping sand is anticipated to be around May 21. The starting point for the project, where the offshore pipes connect with the onshore pipes, will be located at the oceanfront approximately 1000 feet north of the northern boundary of the village of Buxton. Weeks Marine is coordinating with the National Park Service to finalize their plan regarding whether pumping will initially proceed to the north or to the south.  The whole project is expected to be completed within 90 days under normal conditions – approximately 55 days for the project area north of the starting point and approximately 35 days for the southern portion


Town of Duck

Click here for more information about the project in the Town of Duck.
1.7 miles of shoreline, from Oyster Catcher Lane to the Army Corps of Engineers Field Research Facility


Town of Kitty Hawk

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3.58 miles of shoreline, from the Southern Shores to Kill Devil Hills town lines


Town of Kill Devil Hills

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2.6 miles of shoreline, from the Kitty Hawk town line to Prospect Avenue


Town of Southern Shores

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2,500 feet of shoreline, from the Kitty Hawk town line to 44 Ocean Boulevard – Map

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