Buxton Beach Nourishment project
has begun, with crews working along the shoreline at a starting point
that’s roughly 1,000 feet north of the town’s border.
project, which was schedule to
begin on June 17 had to be postponed due to inclement weather and high
winds over the weekend. Now that it’s officially underway, it will
take roughly 90 days to complete the 2.9 mile stretch of beach that
is slated to be widened.
Thursday morning, a handful of
onlookers ventured close to the project to watch a pair of bulldozers
spread out the new sand that was being funneled in from an offshore
site 1.7 miles away.
vessel could be spotted in the distant background, however other than
the bulldozers, the large metal pipe, and the construction equipment
that was set up in a roughly 1,000’ ft. area, it was business as
usual on the beach. The beeping of the dozers was barely audibly over
the sound of the ocean, and families splashed in the water or laid
out on the beach just a few hundred feet from where the project was
crew completes about 250 feet of
beach a day, with a total work area of about 1,000 feet. As a result,
people in front of the target area can expect roughly 5-6 days of
the project continues, sand will
continue to be deposited from the offshore dredge to the beach, and
then shaped via the 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.
this starting point, construction
will initially proceed to the north until reaching the temporary
resource protection area that has been established by the National
Park Service to protect nesting birds.
that point, crews will move back to
the project's initial starting point and proceed south. When the
resource protection area is no longer in place, work will resume to
the north. After work is completed to the northern project boundary,
work will resume to the south until the project is completed.
more information on the Beach
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