The U.S. Army Corps
of Engineers has awarded a $20.3 million contract to Great Lakes Dredge
& Dock Co., LLC of Oak Brook, Ill. for the beach nourishment
project north of Rodanthe on Hatteras Island to protect this vulnerable
stretch of Highway 12. The Corps of Engineers is administering the
contract for the N.C. Department of Transportation.
contractor will use two dredges to expedite the project, which is
expected to be completed around mid-September, weather permitting.
want to thank all of the agencies involved in completing the required
process to begin this vitally important repair work,” said NCDOT
Secretary Tony Tata. “Protecting our coastal roadways through
renourishment projects like this one are is necessary for the safety of
our citizens and visitors, to support our tourism industry and to keep
our residents connected to jobs, education and healthcare.”
project is designed to provide several years of protection before a
long-term project is completed for the stretch of Highway 12, locally
known as the “S-curves” where storms, including hurricanes Sandy and
Irene, resulted in severe beach erosion along the road in Dare
include dredging sand from an identified sandbar in the Atlantic Ocean
to restore the beach protecting N.C. 12 in the location shown on this
offer sincere thanks to Secretary Tata and Governor McCrory for their
steadfast support throughout this process,’ said Chairman of the Dare
County Board of Commissioners Warren Judge. “In addition, we
thank the men and women of NCDOT for all they do for Dare County each
and every day.”
The schedule for the project is very dependent on weather and all work going smoothly. The approximate schedule is as follows:
July 16, preliminary work is expected to be completed and installation
of the pipeline from the sand source in the ocean onto the beach
- The first dredge is scheduled to be on site and working around July 16.
- The second dredge is currently scheduled to arrive the first week in August and will help accelerate work.
- The project could be complete by mid-September.
- Once the project is complete, the contractor will begin de-mobilizing its equipment, which will take several weeks.
The Federal Highway Administration approved Hurricane Sandy emergency relief funds to pay for this project.
this work is taking place, NCDOT is considering two bridge
alternatives as long-term
solutions for maintaining access
along Highway 12 to the communities of Hatteras Island. They include
a 2.3-mile bridge within the existing easement of Highway 12, and a
2.6-mile bridge that extends into the Pamlico Sound.
held public meetings in January in Ocracoke, Rodanthe, Buxton and
Manteo to present the two alternatives and gather feedback. The
project is in the planning phase, and a preferred alternative is
expected to be selected later this summer, with a contract awarded in
the fall or early winter of 2014.
is the second time the beach nourishment project has been advertised
for bids. The project was previously advertised in December 2013.
Bids were opened in January. However, only one bid was received
because to the large amount of dredging work underway at the time in
the northeast, and it was not responsive to the advertisement.
Therefore, a contract could not be awarded.
addition to this project, NCDOT is also conducting feasibility
studies for projects to protect Highway 12 south of Rodanthe at
identified “hot spots” on southern Hatteras Island and Ocracoke
Island in Hyde County.
feasibility studies are expected to be complete this fall. More
information can be found on the N.C.
more information on NCDOT’s efforts to strengthen Highway 12 in the
Outer Banks, visit the N.C.
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