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.


  • 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