Beach Nourishment update: Kill Devil Hills

By on June 11, 2022

Beach construction slated to begin on June 13

(Town of Kill Devil Hills)

(Town of Kill Devil Hills)

The beach construction for Kill Devil Hills’ nourishment project is anticipated to begin on Monday, June 13. The project will only be taking place from the north town line south to Prospect Avenue – which is approximately 2.6 miles of our Town. The project is proposed to start around First Street and move south then turn back north. It is anticipated that our Town’s project will last approximately 25-35 days.

On Saturday, June 11, a 500-foot section at the Walker Street Beach Access will be closed while a sub-line is being delivered and put into place. Sub-lines are the pipes used to pump sand from the dredge onto the beach.

The Fifth Street Beach Access remains closed and will remain closed during the construction of the southern portion of the project. There will be limited pedestrian access depending on when equipment is being mobilized in the access. At this time, there is no set date for the access re-opening.

Closures associated with the beach nourishment project are done to ensure the safety of the public. Active construction and staging areas will be clearly marked and secured with fencing and ribbon to form a protective barrier. Due to the potential hazards to the public that are presented by heavy equipment and construction activities, these areas will also be monitored 24/7 by security personnel. To prevent accidents, injuries, and interruptions, the public is asked to avoid active construction sites whenever possible and to exercise caution near construction fencing and staging areas.

How long will construction affect my property on the Outer Banks? Approximately 1,000 feet of the beach will be directly impacted during construction at any given time—and a portion of this area that is under construction may also be closed to ensure public safety during these construction operations.

Beach nourishment construction operations are anticipated to impact the properties along that particular stretch of shoreline for a period of three to six days, although this can change depending on a variety of factors. Once a particular section of sand is pumped into place that area will likely be reopened for use within 24-48 hours.

How does this affect my beach day? You will still be able to enjoy days at the beach even with the project taking place. Throughout the construction process, the contractor will strive to maintain access to the beach; however, there may be areas that will be temporarily closed for safety reasons. You will still be able to get to the beach and set-up to the north or south of the active project zone, but this zone will be closed to the public for safety reasons.

On Saturday, June 11, a 500-foot section at the Walker Street Beach Access will be closed while a sub-line is being delivered and put into place. Sub-lines are the pipes used to pump sand from the dredge onto the beach.

The Fifth Street Beach Access remains closed and will remain closed during the construction of the southern portion of the project. There will be limited pedestrian access depending on when equipment is being mobilized in the access. At this time, there is no set date for the access re-opening.

Closures associated with the beach nourishment project are done to ensure the safety of the public. Active construction and staging areas will be clearly marked and secured with fencing and ribbon to form a protective barrier. Due to the potential hazards to the public that are presented by heavy equipment and construction activities, these areas will also be monitored 24/7 by security personnel. To prevent accidents, injuries, and interruptions, the public is asked to avoid active construction sites whenever possible and to exercise caution near construction fencing and staging areas.

How long will construction affect my property on the Outer Banks? Approximately 1,000 feet of the beach will be directly impacted during construction at any given time—and a portion of this area that is under construction may also be closed to ensure public safety during these construction operations.

Beach nourishment construction operations are anticipated to impact the properties along that particular stretch of shoreline for a period of three to six days, although this can change depending on a variety of factors. Once a particular section of sand is pumped into place that area will likely be reopened for use within 24-48 hours.

How does this affect my beach day? You will still be able to enjoy days at the beach even with the project taking place. Throughout the construction process, the contractor will strive to maintain access to the beach; however, there may be areas that will be temporarily closed for safety reasons. You will still be able to get to the beach and set-up to the north or south of the active project zone, but this zone will be closed to the public for safety reasons.

What steps are being taken to protect sea turtles and their nests during beach nourishment? To protect sea turtles and their nests throughout the duration of the beach nourishment projects, turtle monitoring will be performed during the day as well as in the evening hours along the beaches of the Outer Banks. To minimize the risk to turtles during dredging, relocation trawling will be used ahead of a hopper dredge as an avoidance and minimization measures to reduce the risk of potential lethal take of Endangered Species Act-listed species. In addition to onshore monitors, there will be a designated person aboard each dredge in the offshore borrow areas that will be assigned the task of monitoring sea turtle activity during the projects. Sea turtle nests that are located within a project area will be safely relocated by authorized personnel to a nearby stretch of shoreline that will not be affected by construction during beach nourishment.

The Town will continue to provide updated information on construction areas and closures as it becomes available.

A project map will also be updated daily as construction occurs: Town of KDH Beach Nourishment Map


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  • Diane Gay

    Why is the nourishment only for a short distance in KDH? We need it further down the beach.

    Sunday, Jun 12 @ 6:49 pm