The Buxton Beach
nourishment project is slated to being in the next few weeks with a tentative
start date of May 21.
Visitors and residents may
start to see equipment arrive in the next couple of weeks, as the contractor
deposits staging materials at the old decommissioned Coast Guard Station parking
area in Buxton. The project
will be conducted by Weeks Marine, one of the largest providers of dredging
services in the United States.
The first day of pumping sand is anticipated to be around
May 21. The starting point for the project, where the offshore pipes connect
with the onshore pipes, will be located at the oceanfront approximately 1000
feet north of the northern boundary of the village of Buxton. Weeks Marine is
coordinating with the National Park Service to finalize their plan regarding
whether pumping will initially proceed to the north or to the south. The whole project is expected to be completed
within 90 days under normal conditions – approximately 55 days for the project
area north of the starting point and approximately 35 days for the southern
The Beach Nourishment project will address a 2.9 mile stretch of
shoreline from roughly the Canadian Hole to the old site of the Cape Hatteras
Lighthouse – an area that is regularly subjected to ocean over wash, and,
subsequently, NC Highway 12 flooding.
During the three month process, 2.6 million cubic yards of sand
will be deposited on the shoreline from a borrow pit that’s located 1.7 miles
offshore. Crews will work on smaller segments of the beach at a time, working
their way along the seashore, and will complete about 250 feet of beach a day,
with a total work area of about 1,000 feet. Based on these numbers, it’s estimated
that the beach in front of a home or area will be affected for a week, per a
recent public meeting on the upcoming project.
As the project continues, sand will be deposited from the offshore
dredge to the beach, and then shaped via a crew of dozers. The end result will
be a shoreline that initially appears abnormally wide, but which will naturally
change and adapt over time as storms blow through the area, and the sand
migrates from the ocean to the dunes.
For more information on the Buxton Beach Nourishment project,
visitors can refer to the website that has been created by the county to
provide updates throughout the project, “More
beach to love.” The
website will show where the project is currently located, and sections as they