Beach nourishment construction is making steady progress towards Outer Banks Pier near Mile Post 18.5 in the 8900 block of South Old Oregon Inlet Road. Construction is expected to tie into the already nourished beach just south of the pier early next week.
Watch videos of the construction.
Once the tie-in is complete, construction will relocate to the submerged pipeline near Mile Post 18 in the 8500 block of South Old Oregon Inlet Road. From that submerged pipeline, construction will move north to tie into the beach that was built earlier in the summer near Mile Post 17 in the 8200 block of South Old Oregon Inlet Road. Once these two tie-ins are complete, we will close the curtain on the beach nourishment project. We truly appreciate everyone's patience with this incredibly important maintenance.
At this point, we expect the project to be complete sometime during the last two weeks of August. Demobilization and removal of shore pipe and other equipment will take 7-10 days.
The installation of sand fencing and sea oats, which can withstand arid conditions, is still taking place near Mile Post 20.5 around the 10000 block of South Old Oregon Inlet Road.
Several parking spaces at the Juncos Street public beach access are being used by the sand fencing/sprigging contractor, but the access remains open.
The Forrest Street public beach access near Mile Post 15.5 remains closed to parking, however pedestrians may still use the access.
Note - we are starting to see some pooling of water on the new beach, which is normal. As the beach fill starts to stabilize and equilibrate, the crest of the beach will build higher than the middle of the beach. So, when a higher than normal tide occurs, water will overtop the crest and ponding will occur. As the beach naturally stabilizes, this will stop happening as we saw after our 2011 project.
Read more about what to expect after sand is placed on the beach.