Beach Nourishment Project

The Town of Duck completed its first beach nourishment project in the spring/summer of 2017. For the purpose of the Town’s project, beach nourishment is the process by which sand is brought by a dredge from offshore sand sources and pumped onto a beach. The sand is placed according to an engineered plan with a specific criteria for a built beach (berm) and storm protection. Dare County (the contracting entity for the project which includes the Towns of Duck, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills and Southern Snores) awarded the bid for the contract to Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company. The bid totaled $38,596,850. A contract with Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company was executed on April 19, 2016. Construction in the Town of Duck project began on May 23, 2017 and was completed on June 28, 2017. Work continues in the southern towns and all work is expected to be complete by late September to early October, 2017. It is important to keep in mind that all schedules are tentative and subject to change dependant on weather conditions and mechanical issues. During construction a current project status map for each town will be available at with updates on current construction areas and anticipated progress of work.

More Beach to Love is a collaborative effort by Dare County and the towns of Duck, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head, to provide a resource to find and access information on all Dare County nourishment projects.

Town of Duck Beach Nourishment

Time lapse videos were created with photos taken every 10 minutes during the project. The Liberty Island dredge worked the southern end from the Widgeon Drive subline while the Dodge Island and Padre Island dredges worked the northern end before switching to work south, meeting work completed by the Liberty Island.

Liberty Island

Dodge Island and Padre Island