Beach Nourishment Project

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Beaches in the towns of Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, and Kill Devil Hills have been named as Best Restored Beaches for 2018 by the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA).  The award highlights the value of restored beaches and the crucial role they play in providing wide and beautiful beaches that attract people from around the world.

2023 Beach Nourishment

The Town of Duck and Dare County have executed the nourishment dredging contract with Weeks Marine. Construction is planned to take place in the same area as the 2017 project. Click on the map to see an interactive version of the planned project area.

We have been informed by Weeks Marine, the contractor doing the four- town beach nourishment project, that they are likely to be delaying work in Duck until mid- March. Due to equipment issues, minor weather- related delays, and commitment to
another time- sensitive job, Weeks Marine has fallen behind the original schedule.

Dare County, with whom this contract is made, and our coastal engineers, Weeks Marine staff members, and our team are working on a contract modification to ensure that our project is properly constructed in the spring. This will include assurances that any beach/ dune losses between now and when the project is completed are properly replaced and that Weeks Marine will be responsible for all costs associated with additional sand and delays.

This change in schedule, while unfortunate, will have beach nourishment completed before the busier time of year and after the typically heavier part of the winter storm season. We remain confident that the job will be completed according to the new schedule by no later than mid- May.  

Follow all beach nourishment updates on our project update page.

Click map for an interactive version.

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.

2017 Town of Duck Beach Nourishment

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 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 Shores) 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 was completed in the Southern towns in late October 2017 ahead of the December 31, 2017 deadline. For additional information regarding the project as a whole, please visit SEE BEFORE AND AFTER AERIAL IMAGERY HERE.

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 and Padre Island
Post Nourishment Aerial Video