By Outer Banks Voice on November 17, 2020
The project consists of maintenance dredging within Ranges 1-5 of the Manteo Federal Navigation Project. This area includes 11,924 linear feet (approximately 2.2 miles) of Shallowbag Bay and Roanoke Sound. In addition, a connector channel that extends approximately 290 feet from the northern terminus of Range 1 to the berth of the Elizabeth II—a sailing ship that is docked at Festival Park on Roanoke Island—will also be dredged.
The purpose of the Shallowbag Bay dredge project is to deepen the channel from its current depths of 1-5 feet and 6-7 feet to the depth of 9 feet that is required in order to allow vessels to safely navigate the waterway. The channel will also be widened to 50 feet.
The Shallowbag Bay dredging project is primarily being funded by the state of North Carolina, and Dare County has agreed to manage the project due to its expertise with dredging area waterways in the past, as well as the presence of a county staff member who will serve as the project’s manager.
Funding for the dredging project is being provided by the state under Session Law 2018-97, the Department of Environmental Quality and the Town of Manteo.
The dredging project—which will be performed by Salmons Dredging Inc.—is slated to begin at the end of November 2020 and will be completed on or before Feb. 28, 2021. During this time, residents of the Marshes Light condominium community on Fernando Street may notice the occasional presence of earth-moving equipment that will periodically be required to consolidate the dredged material within the disposal area.
The material that is dredged from the channel will be transported via barge to an offload site located on the western edge of Shallowbag Bay, just south of the marina at the Marshes Light condominium complex. The dredged material will then be loaded onto trucks and transported from Manteo to a designated disposal area within the Dare County Landfill located at the Manns Harbor Transfer Station.
Access to the parking lot and marina at the Marshes Light condominium complex will be maintained throughout the project.
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