Reprinted from The Outer Banks Voice
At its Monday, Jan. 3, meeting, the Dare County Board of Commissioners took another step forward on beach nourishment projects slated for 2022 by entering into a contract with Weeks Marine of Covington, Louisiana, to pump sand onto the beaches of Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hills.
Last month, the commissioners awarded the contract to Weeks Marine, which will pump around 2.46 million cubic yards of sand on 12.1 miles of beaches in those four municipalities for a total cost of $28.9 million. According to the agreement, the work would be finished on or before Dec. 31 of this year.
Turning to the other Dare County beach nourishment efforts, the commissioners also approved an amendment to the capital project ordinance for the Avon and Buxton project.
That project is to begin May 1, with an end date of Sept. 30, and includes pumping a total of 2.2 cubic yards of sand along the shoreline, with 1 million cubic yards being placed along Avon beaches and 1.2 million cubic yards on Buxton beaches.
Commissioners awarded the bid last month for the 2022 Avon and Buxton beach nourishment project to Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Co., which came in with a bid of $25.9 million. Of that amount, the county is to contribute roughly $21.7 million. Other funding is expected to come from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and state grants.
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