Ever-encroaching sand to be moved again at Jockey’s Ridge

By on December 31, 2018

A dune looms over Sounside Road. (Rob Morris photos)

Sand is closing in on the road.

As the dunes migrate steadily south, Jockey’s Ridge State Park plans to move 140,000 cubic yards of sand away from the southeast section of the property near Soundside Road.

Trucks with Hatchell Inc.will haul most of the sand to the northwest corner of the park near the main access on Carolista Drive.

The park’s Soundside Beach access will likely be closed periodically as 3,000 cubic yards of sand will be used for beach nourishment there.

A similar project had to be done in 2004, when 10,000 dump-truck loads of sand were hauled off from the southwest corner of the park, according to Coastal Review Online. A dumptruck can hold 10 to 14 cubic yards of sand.

Prevailing winds from the northeast in the winter push the dune tops to the southwest. Southwest winds in the summer do the opposite, but the movement has not balanced out, leaving the duneline near houses on Soundisde Road and its intersection with U.S. 158.

During the work, dump trucks will be traveling on Soundside Road and U.S 158 to transport the sand. The job is expected to take 120 days and will begin Jan. 2. Most of the work will be done between 8 and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

John Delucia with ­­­Albemarle and Associates is the project e­­­ngineer.

Dare County Animal Shelter

Sealed bids for completion of the Dare County Animal Shelter will be received on February 11, 2020, in Dare County Administration Building, 954 Marshall C. Collins Drive, Manteo, NC, for 01-Fencing, 03- Concrete, 04-Masonry, 05-Metals/ Steel, 06-Casework, 07-Roofing, 07-Caulking, 08-Glass and Glazing, 08-Doors, Frames and Hardware, 08-Overhead Doors, 09-Drywall, 09-Flooring, 09-Painting, 10- Specialties, 12- Furnishings, 21-Fire Protection, 23-Mechanical & Plumbing, 26-Electrical, 31-Sitework and 32-Landscaping.

This project will be bid and awarded in accordance with North Carolina law. Sealed proposals from Contractors will be received until 1:00 p.m. All bidders must submit for prequalification by 2:00pm on 1/24/2020. Bids submitted by non-prequalified bidders will not be considered. All bids will be opened and read aloud starting at 2:00 p.m. of the bid day. Bids must be delivered in person and on the supplied Bid Form and include a bid deposit worth 5% of the total bid value. Electronic and faxed bids will NOT be accepted or reviewed. All times are local prevailing times.

Information requests concerning the project shall be submitted in writing to: Alex Palagyi of The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company via email (alex.palagyi@whiting-turner.com)

Bidding material, prequalification material, and complete plans and specifications may be obtained from theWhiting-Turner Building Connected site and will be available until the bid due date. All subcontractors are responsible for emailing Alex Palagyi (alex.palagyi@ whiting-turner.com) for access to the Building Connected site.

The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company and Dare County reserve the right to reject any and all bids, waive informalities and irregularities in bidding, and to accept bids which are considered to be in the best interest of the County. The Whiting Turner Contracting Company and Dare County also reserve the right to require any bidder to submit information needed to determine if said bidder is responsible within the meaning of N.C. Gen. Stat. 143-129.


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  • John

    Will the Fed Gov’t shutdown affect this contract? Seems like NPS is shutdown for the moment

    Monday, Dec 31 @ 5:19 pm
  • Former Banker

    Who pays for this?

    Tuesday, Jan 1 @ 12:32 pm
  • Scales of Balance

    Hey look at that, south-migrating sand that also isn’t due to beach nourishment.

    Wednesday, Jan 2 @ 12:25 pm
  • Jennifer

    Its a NC state run park. No feds involved.

    Monday, Jan 14 @ 3:44 pm
  • Chip Py

    John- Jockey’s Ridge is a State Park

    Monday, Jan 14 @ 4:37 pm