Nags Head awards 2022 beach renourishment contract to Great Lakes Dock & Dredge

The most recent beach nourishment project along Nags Head was in 2019. [courtesy Town of Nags Head]

Nags Head’s Board of Commissioners on Wednesday awarded an $11,598,653 contract for the summer 2022 beach renourishment project off South Nags Head to Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company.

Grants from FEMA and the state, along with money from the local beach nourishment reserve fund, will cover the costs of the South Nags Head and Buxton projects, as the sand lost from previous beach widening was determined to have been caused by recent hurricanes and were eligible for federal and state disaster relief funds.

The largest provider of dredging services in the United States, and headquartered in Houston, Texas, Great Lakes was the contractor on Nags Head’s previous nourishment projects in 2011 and 2019.

The same company has been awarded the contract for beach widening off Avon and Buxton this year, while Weeks Marine will be handling the project off Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hills.

Sand will be placed on the oceanfront from 8031 South Old Oregon Inlet Road at Whalebone Junction near milepost 16 through 10435 South Old Oregon Inlet Road near the town’s boundary with Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

According to a town news release, Great Lakes will likely provide a preliminary schedule this spring. But because these complex projects are so weather-dependent, even when they provide a preliminary schedule, it may change.

The town will share the schedule as soon as possible via email broadcast, social media, and the town’s web site.

Dare County’s will provide information and links regarding all of the beach work that will take place this summer throughout Dare County.

These projects are not linear in nature, meaning Great Lakes won’t necessarily start at the north end of the project area and proceed to the south end. There may also be more than one area of the beach closed at a time as there may be more than one dredge on the project.

Visit the town’s 2022 Hurricane Dorian Beach Restoration web site for more information on beach nourishment construction.

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