At a pre-construction meeting on Wednesday, May 24, Weeks Marine announced that the pumping of sand for the Buxton project is now estimated to begin in mid-June.
Representatives from the company reported that the subline for the project is en route and scheduled to arrive early next week. Once in Dare County, the subline will be assembled (approximately 8,000 feet of 30 inch steel pipe) and laid in place underwater. The booster pump, necessary to pump sand to the north end of the project area, will also soon be en route. The C.R. McCaskill, the cutter head dredge assigned to the project, will arrive once the subline has been placed.
The starting point for the project, where offshore pipes connect with the onshore pipes, is approximately 1,000 feet north of the northern boundary for the village of Buxton. 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. At that point, crews will move back to the project’s initial starting point and move south until the resource protection area is no longer in place and work will then resume to the north. After work is completed to the northern project boundary, work will resume to the south until the project is completed.
Once construction begins, the project is expected to be completed in approximately 90 days under normal conditions.