Oregon Inlet currently unnavigable to vessels

By on May 20, 2022

(U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)
5/27/22 UPDATE: New navigational channel at Oregon Inlet

(Oregon Inlet Task Force)


On Friday, May 20, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Wilmington District issued this release about shoaling at the Oregon Inlet.

On May 18, 2022, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Wilmington District (USACE) performed a condition survey of the Federal Navigation Project at Oregon Inlet, North Carolina, in response to the weather system that the entire North Carolina coast was subjected to the week of May 8, 2022.

The Oregon Inlet condition survey indicates that the portion of the marked federal channel along the Marc Basnight Bridge between Buoys 17 and 21 is completely shoaled in (indicating depths of 2-3 feet at MLLW) and unnavigable for most vessels. The shallow depths of the current channel will not permit use of the USACE Shallow Draft Fleet dredges to clear the channel.

USACE has been advised by the U.S. Coast Guard Sector North Carolina (USCG) that a Local Notice to Mariners will be published concerning the current channel conditions and advising that the current channel markers will be removed in the coming days. USACE and the USCG are currently coordinating and actively investigating other potential areas where a marked channel can be established to provide access to and from Oregon Inlet.



Barnhill Contracting Company will receive sealed proposals for Manns Harbor – EMS/Fire Facility (EMS-8), Kitty Hawk – EMS/Fire Facility (EMS-9), Manteo – Youth Center on January 09, 2024. Times to be given on via addendum #01. See the following SCOPE OF WORK: BP 100 – General Trades, BP 105 – Final Cleaning, BP 205 – Demolition, BP 390 – Turnkey Concrete, BP 400 – Turnkey Masonry, BP 500 – Turnkey Structural Steel & Misc. Steel, BP 505 – Light Gauge Metal Trusses, BP 740 – Roofing, BP750 – Siding, BP 790 – Caulking/Sealants, BP 800 – Turnkey Doors/Frames/Hardware/Toilet Specialties/Accessories/Division 10, BP 840 – Curtainwall/Storefront/Glass/Glazing, BP 925 – Drywall/Framing, BP 960 – Resilient Flooring/Carpet/Base/Epoxy, BP 980 – Acoustical Ceilings, BP 990 – Painting and Wall Coverings, BP 1230 – Finish Carpentry and Casework, BP 1250 – Window Treatments, BP 2100 – Fire Protection, BP 2200 – Plumbing, BP 2300 – HVAC, BP 2600 – Electrical, BP 3100 – Earthwork/Turnkey Site, BP 3213- Site Concrete, BP 3290 – Landscaping. Scopes of work may be added and/or deleted at the discretion of the Construction Manager.

Bid Location and Time: Bid opening will be held in the Barnhill Contracting Rocky Mount Training & GPS Technology Room: 800 Tiffany Bvld, Rocky Mount, NC 27804. Time is as follows: January 09, 2024 at 10:00am and 2:00pm. Times per packages to be given on via addendum #01.

Barnhill Contracting Company will receive, open, and read publicly all bids received in person in the Training & GPS Technology Room at the main office and listed with the virtual viewing at the link to be posted on Barnhill’s Plan Room.

Bids will not be accepted from bidders that are not pre-qualified. No facsimile or email submissions are permitted. Sealed bids are to be hand delivered to the bid opening location noted above or mailed Sealed Bids can be delivered before 9:00am the day of the bid to the Barnhill Contracting Company Office at 800 Tiffany Blvd., Suite 200 Rocky Mount, NC 27804. Attention “Clint Hardison.”

The pre-bid meeting will be held in Person & Zoom Meeting on December 06, 2023 at 10:00 am at the Barnhill Contracting’s Rocky Mount Main Conference Room: 800 Tiffany Bvld, Rocky Mount, NC 27804.

The pre-bid meeting link can be located on Barnhill’s online Building Division Plan Room ( https://app.buildingconnected.com/public/54da832ce3edb5050017438b) and below. A preferred brand alternates meeting will be held via the same link at the end of the Prebid meeting.

Bid Documents can be viewed or downloaded through Barnhill’s online Building Division Plan Room (https://app.buildingconnected.com/public/54da832ce3edb5050017438b) after 12/04/2023.

All Bidders are strongly encouraged to include opportunities for HUB participation wherever possible in their respective Bid submission.  HUB participation is a part of this contract and must comply with all requirements set forth in the Bid Documents.

The Construction Manager and Owner reserve the right to add pre-qualified bidders. The Construction Manager and Owner reserve the right to reject any and all bids. Should you require additional direction, please call Barnhill Contracting Company, (Clint Hardison – 252-802-0740).

Clint Hardison is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

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  • Steven

    Just another side effect of groins and jettys.

    Friday, May 20 @ 12:38 pm
  • Captain Smirk

    It’s funny when you sit back and wonder why anyone thought areas like this made sense to inhabit… almost as foolish as New Orleans etc.

    Friday, May 20 @ 6:23 pm
  • tax payer

    Where is Miss Kate ?

    Saturday, May 21 @ 6:30 am
  • Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

    The Miss Katie is expected to be here in early summer.

    Saturday, May 21 @ 9:30 am
  • Travis

    Just curious if boats can still get out either further north or south. Cost of gas being what it is, it is probably a prohibitive option.

    Saturday, May 21 @ 1:02 pm
  • KCG

    KEEP On Building you’re only ruining the stability, or whats left. Look what happened to those 2 kids digging a hole in the sand it it collapsed. I don’t care how deep your stationary beams are, water doesn’t care and its rising!

    Saturday, May 21 @ 1:20 pm
  • Robin Wallbaum

    This is a real problem…..hope they can fix it.

    Saturday, May 21 @ 8:15 pm
  • CLS

    I was at Oregon Inlet today…the charter boats (and a lot of personal ones) are still going out fishing. A captain told me they go in and out daily, so they know how the sand has shifted. The main issue is insurance will not cover them if they ground going through there, especially once they pull the channel markers.

    Saturday, May 21 @ 10:14 pm
  • Alvah H. Ward, Jr.

    Oregon Inlet stabilization is the ONLY solution to the sixty year old problem of safety navigating Oregon Inlet. Following the congressional mandate of dredging only as a Corps of Engineer solution is both foolish and impossible, as time has shown.
    It is past time for the National Park Service and Fish & Wildlife /Interior to realize Oregon Inlet is too valuable to be a pawn in the environmental playbook.

    Tuesday, May 24 @ 4:55 pm
  • Steven

    Stabilize the inlet/outlet? That would be a very bad idea for a barrier island.

    Wednesday, May 25 @ 5:55 am
  • Bernie Blystone

    Good luck trying to stabilize a shifting sand-bar. I own a boat a love to go off-shore but there are forces in play the man cannot harness and control. Maybe we should stop sending our tax dollars on foreign endeavors, like wars, and spend it on the taxpayers. Hopefully the dredges will get started again.

    Thursday, May 26 @ 9:41 am
  • OBX at Heart

    So if the Inlet is constantly being shoaled in with sand, and towns are constantly doing beach nourishment, why are they not just pumping the sand in the inlet and barging it up to the beaches that need it on the regular? 2 birds, one stone? Eliminated the shoaling, add more to the beaches that the sand probably came from – right? Certainly would be cheaper than current methods. JMO

    Friday, May 27 @ 9:46 am