Great Lakes Dredge & Dock gets $25.9M contract for Avon/Buxton beach projects

By on December 8, 2021

Dare County

Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Co.

The Dare County Board of Commissioners has awarded the bid for the 2022 Avon and Buxton beach nourishment projects to Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Co. in the amount of $25,870,000.

The bid—which was evaluated and subsequently recommended by the county’s consultant for the project, Coastal Science and Engineering (CSE)—was awarded at the Dare County Board of Commissioners meeting on Dec. 6

Dare County received bid packages from three companies for the Avon and Buxton beach nourishment project: Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Co., Manson Construction and Weeks Marine. The bids were opened on Nov. 17, at which time it was determined that the low bidder was Great Lakes Dock and Dredge Co.

The company’s $25,870,000 bid price includes the cost of mobilization and demobilization, dredging, placement, grading and environmental protection that is required under federal and state permits. Bidding for sand fencing will be done later this month, with FEMA to pay for Buxton’s portion of that particular project.

Funding for the renourishment will be provided by a $1,557,607 grant from the North Carolina Coastal Storm Damage Mitigation Fund; $6,315,435 in restoration funds, 75 percent of which will be paid for by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), with the remaining 25 percent paid for by the state; as well as $21,684,008 from the Dare County Beach Nourishment Fund.

Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Co.’s bid is $3.6 million lower than CSE and FEMA’s joint estimate and the amount in Dare County’s beach nourishment model, and it will also result in a total savings of $2.9 million for Dare County.

The beach nourishment project was bid with a start date of May 1, and an end date of Sept. 30, 2022, and consists of placing a total of 2.2 cubic yards of sand along the shoreline: 1 million cubic yards for the Avon nourishment project and 1.2 million cubic yards for the Buxton renourishment project.

It is important to note that Dare County does not have control over the dates and times during which specific locations along the shoreline in Avon and Buxton will be under construction as this is determined by the contractor performing the renourishment. As that information is determined, the exact date of work on any portion of beach will be updated and communicated as accurately as possible throughout the duration of the project on






  • Stephen McKenna

    In my years of working with the public bidding process, one of the most common expression I used to hear was , “Beware the low bid.”
    It will be interesting to see if the awardee can stick with its bid, or will come up with a number of “additive change orders. “

    Wednesday, Dec 8 @ 2:46 pm
  • surf123

    They did good with the amount because they will force the other companies to come down when the next sand shakedown happens. Considering how low the price is I’d consider locking them in long term at a given rate. If you are going to blow money moving sand instead of letting nature take its course you might as well make sure you are paying as little as possible. One can only hope that the sand pumping in front of the villages hits legal roadblocks since the beach belongs to the federal government and there are groups who take action to prevent the destruction of natural habitats which is what pumping sand does.

    There is absolutely no reason we should subsidize oceanfront homeowners. They are only paying a pittance for the sand and still raking in the rental income. I have no problem with protecting homes occupied by their owners, but rental homes, which are commercial operations do not deserve free, or in this case, highly subsidized benefits. Their poor home location selection is being rewarded.

    Wednesday, Dec 8 @ 3:30 pm
  • LULZ

    Or they could’ve just put all that money in a pile on the beach and burned it… would’ve been just as useful as the “nourishment”…

    Wednesday, Dec 8 @ 4:33 pm
  • LULZ

    Surf… you realize the rentals are paying taxes at the same rates as any other home adjacent to them correct? I’m not an owner of one of those properties but blame the Goverment if you think somethings not fair on that front..

    Friday, Dec 10 @ 6:56 am