Dare County beach nourishment projects are expected to take place this year, with Kill Devil Hills being the first of seven.
Beach nourishment began in the town Monday and the project is expected to take 25-35 days to complete, according to county officials. Last week, the town announced plans to begin on Monday the $6.37 million project to nourish about 2.6 miles of shoreline from the Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hills town line to just north of Prospect Avenue.
The Fifth Street Beach Access in Kill Devil Hills will be be closed until further notice during the construction of the southern portion of the project. There will be limited pedestrian access depending on when equipment is being mobilized in the access.
To prevent accidents, injuries, and interruptions, the public is asked to avoid active construction sites, which will be marked and secured with fencing and ribbon, and to be careful near construction fencing and staging areas.
An online project map of the project is to be updated daily during construction.
According to www.MoreBeachToLove.com, a collaboration between Dare County and its municipalities that serves as a guide to beach nourishment projects, future nourishment projects include the following:
- Avon: 2.5 miles of shoreline from 3,000 feet north of Avon Pier at Due East Road to the National Park Service Station/Avon boundary. Estimated start date is late June for the $11.73 million project
- Buxton: 2.9 miles of shoreline from the Haulover Day Use Area to the oceanfront groin at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. Estimated start is July for the $18.1 million project.
- Duck: 1.6 miles of shoreline from the Army Corps Pier north to Skimmer Way. Estimated start is mid-September for the $7.4 million project.
- Southern Shores: 3.8 miles of shoreline from the Duck/Southern Shores town line to the Southern Shores/Kitty Hawk town line. Estimated start is early August for the $11.46 million project.
- Kitty Hawk: 3.97 miles of shoreline from the Southern Shores/Kitty Hawk town line to the Kitty Hawk/Kill Devil Hills line at a construction cost of $9,638,244. Estimated start is early July for the $9.64 million project.
- Nags Head: Approximately 4.45 miles of shoreline from 8031 South Oregon Inlet Road, near Milepost 16, to 10435 South Oregon Inlet Road. Estimated start is early August for the $13.95 million project.