Beach Nourishment 2018

Heads up to all Nags Head vacationers!

The Towns of Buxton and Nags Head are planning a Beach Nourishment project scheduled for 2018.

Projected Beach Nourishment Schedules

Start Date End Date Duration
Buxton Underway March 2018 TBD
Nags Head TBD 2018/2019 TBD 2018/2019 TBD

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.

The Town of Nags Head is working towards conducting its first beach nourishment maintenance project. Plans call for sand to be placed on 10 miles of beach during the summer of 2018. Nags Head’s oceanfront from the Bonnett Street public beach access at 2919 S. Virginia Dare Trail (near Mile Post 11) south to the town line with the National Park Service (near Mile Post 21) will be impacted over the 4 to 5 month-long project.

The Town is now awaiting permits and hopes to receive construction bids in late March or April. The bid amounts may make it more feasible to delay construction until the summer of 2019; however, the preferred goal is to conduct the work in 2018. Construction is not slated to begin until late June/early July 2018. Dune stabilization measures such as sprigging and fencing will also be included in the project.

*This information has been provided by Dare County and the town affiliates. This information is not binding and dates of scheduled nourishment are subject to change.