2022 Hurricane Dorian Beach Restoration Project


Sand fencing installation in south Nags Head August 16, 2019.

Background
A beach restoration project in the summer of 2022 will replace sand lost during 2019's Hurricane Dorian. The project is engineered to provide enough healthy, protective beach to allow the Town to align its regularly scheduled beach nourishment maintenance with those of the other northern beaches, tentatively planned for 2027.

The estimated $13,952,137 cost will be funded by a FEMA/North Carolina disaster assistance grant of $12,063,269, a North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, Division of Water Resources Coastal Storm Damage Mitigation grant of $1,408,247, and a contribution of approximately $480,480 from the Town of Nags Head’s beach nourishment capital reserve. 

Construction Area
The project will place take place from 8031 South Old Oregon Inlet Road (Comfort Inn South) near Mile Post 16, south through 10435 South Old Oregon Inlet Road (see map).

Frequently Asked Questions About Beach Nourishment Construction

View videos from our 2019 beach nourishment project to get a better idea of what construction entails.

Construction Schedule
Great Lakes Dredge and Dock, the dredging contractor, will likely provide a preliminary schedule for the work in the spring of 2022. These projects are complex, with a lot of variables that may impact the construction schedule. Therefore, it is likely the schedule will change over the course of the project.

We don't expect to know exactly when and where the project will begin until late spring 2022.

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Construction Background
These projects are not linear in nature and due to the size of our project, we may have more than one beach closure area. 

Sand is pumped ashore from an offshore dredge via a submerged pipeline. Construction typically proceeds in one direction from the submerged pipe (also known as a landing point) for a few thousand feet and then will proceed in the other direction from the same landing point. 

When all work related to a particular landing point and pipeline length is complete, the contractor will temporarily stop pumping sand and relocate the submerged pipeline to a new landing point. Work will then begin all over again. 

A construction schedule map, which will be updated daily with the latest beach closures, will be posted on this site in the spring of 2022.

To expand the map click on the Expand Map Symbol symbol in the upper right hand corner of the map below. The area that will be nourished is in yellow. 

The area north of 8031 South Old Oregon Inlet Road will NOT be nourished as a part of this project.


  1. Beach Restoration 2022

    A beach restoration project will take place sometime between late spring and early fall 2022 from 8031 South Old Oregon Inlet Road (Comfort Inn South) near MP 16 south to Nags Head's corporate limits abutting Cape Hatteras National Seashore near MP 21. Read on...
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Beach Nourishment Financing/Taxes

Beach nourishment maintenance projects, as opposed to storm restoration projects, are typically financed through a combination of town-wide property taxes, including revenues from municipal service districts, and a contribution from Dare County. However, FEMA and the State of North Carolina may provide funds to replace sand lost as a result of a federally-declared disaster, such as a large hurricane.

Beach Nourishment Maintenance Project Financing/Taxes

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Beach Nourishment Easements

If your oceanfront property lies south of 8827 South Old Oregon Inlet Road or between 2919 South Virginia Dare Trail and 5317 South Virginia Dare Trail, we need a beach nourishment easement signed to place sand on the beach in front of your home. Learn more on our beach nourishment easement web page.