Updated Beach Nourishment Project Schedule

The contractor for the Town of Duck Beach Nourishment Project, and for the Towns of Kill Devil Hills and Kitty Hawk projects, Great Lakes Dredge and Dock (GLDD), has provided an updated projected schedule for the beach nourishment work.  The construction dates for Duck, originally scheduled for April 1 to approximately June 1, 2017, is now projected to begin mid to late May and continue through mid to late July. Mobilization operations, including laying subline and assembling land based machinery, will begin approximately one month prior to construction to be ready once the dredge is on site.

The Liberty Island, the dredge currently proposed by the contractor to construct the Duck project, is currently in the shipyard of GLDD undergoing maintenance.  Once it leaves the shipyard, it is scheduled to complete work on another project and then mobilize for the Town of Duck Beach Nourishment Project.  A second dredge, the larger Ellis Island, is scheduled to mobilize for the Town of Kitty Hawk Project in mid-June.  The Liberty Island will work jointly with the Ellis Island once it completes work in Duck.


Projected Bid Package ScheduleProjected January 2017 Schedule
Start DateEnd DateDurationStart DateEnd DateDuration
Town of DuckApril 1June 160 daysMid to Late MayMid to Late July60 days
Town of Kitty HawkJune 1August 2080 daysMid-JuneMid-August60 days
Town of Kill Devil HillsAugust 20October 1050 daysEarly AugustEarly to Mid Sept35-45 days

This information is not binding and is meant to provide estimated construction times for planning purposes.  The beach nourishment start dates are subject to change. 


A presentation with question and answer session by and with the Beach Nourishment Consultants, Coastal Planning and Engineering and GLDD, is scheduled at the Town Council’s Annual Retreat. The presentation will take place on Wednesday, February 15 at 1:30 p.m. in the Paul F. Keller Meeting Hall. This meeting is open to the public and all interested parties are welcome to attend. If you are unable to attend the meeting, a recording of the session will be available on the Town’s website and YouTube channel as soon as possible at the conclusion