March 22, 2016
County's proposed beach nourishment project in north Buxton has now
received all of its permits and has been put out for bids from
UPDATE: Buxton nourishment project
has all permits and is out for bids
By IRENE NOLAN
The National Park Service issued a special use permit for the project
on March 11, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued the final
permit needed last week -- on March 16.
Last week, the county also invited contractors to submit sealed bits on the project.
The county plans to nourish 2.9 miles of beach from approximately the
Canadian Hole to the old site of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse with 2.6
million cubic yards of sand to protect Highway 12 from the encroaching
The sand to replenish the beach will be dredged from a designated
offshore borrow area situated approximately 1.8 miles off the south end
of the project area.
According to the county's request for bids, the borrow area encompasses
about 285 acres, and the maximum depth of excavation allowed is 7 feet,
including over-dredge. The maximum volume available in the borrow
area is about 3.3 cubic yards of sand.
The request specifies that dredging be done by an ocean-certified
hopper and/or cutterhead suction dredge and that the placement,
grading, and environmental protection of the project be done according
to federal and state permits.
The request for bids stipulates that the work "to the extent
practicable" be conducted during the fair weather months. The
county's contractor to plan and oversee the project, Coastal Science
& Engineering, says that nourishing the beaches in the storm-prone
winter months is both too costly and dangerous.
To that end, the county is requesting two bids. Bid A would requires
all work to be accomplished in 2016 between May 1 and Dec. 15.
Bid B requires all work to be done in 2017 by Dec. 15.
Dare County manager Bobby Outten said the county is "cautiously
optimistic" that the project can be completed as planned this year.
He said that Tim Kana of Coastal Science & Engineering has been
told that the companies that do these projects will not have a hopper
dredge available this summer, but several have said they may have a
cutterhead dredge available.
Because of the location of the borrow area for the Buxton project, the
work can be done by a cutterhead dredge, which is different than the
situation in the three Dare County towns with planned nourishment
The towns of Duck, Kitty Hawk, and Kill Devil Hills had also planned
nourishment projects for this summer, but have had to delay them until
next year because of the shortage of hopper dredges. The location
of the borrow area for the towns' projects prohibits the use of a
A mandatory pre-bid conference for contractors on the Buxton project is
scheduled for 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 24, in Manteo, followed by a
site visit to Buxton.
Sealed bids must be received by 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 7, at which
time the submitted bids will be opened and read aloud in the county
administration building in Manteo.
According to the county, the estimated cost of the project is $25
million or $9.62 per cubic yard of sand. The project will be
funded by a combination of the county's beach nourishment fund and
revenues generated from a proposed county service district made up of
all oceanfront properties in the project area.
The commissioners have also set a public hearing for 10 a.m. on Monday,
April 4, on its proposal to establish a tax service district that would
include the 34 oceanfront property owners who would benefit from the
nourishment project. Those property owners would be expected to
pay increased taxes to help fund the beach restoration.