The Town has been working on the beach nourishment project since the original “Erosion and Shoreline Management Feasibility Study” was completed in May 2013. Over $1 million has been spent to date in engineering, permitting and legal fees (costs related to obtaining easements) to bring the project to construction. These costs have not been funded through revenue derived from the Municipal Service District taxes that went in place July 1, 2015, but from General Fund revenues and funding provided by Dare County.
To clarify briefly, the timeline for this project has always included a one-year window within which the contractors could complete the Duck, Kill Devil Hills and Kitty Hawk projects. It was expected that the project would be under contract by April of this year, which would have made the one-year window for its completion April 2016 through April 2017.
On February 9, 2016, bids were received by Dare County (the contracting entity) from three contractors as follows: Dutra Group, $52,344,555; Great Lakes Dredge & Dock, $52,240,200; and, Weeks Marine, $48,376,250. All three bids were over the project budget of $43,518,043, with the low bid $4,858,207 higher than the available funds. The decision was subsequently made by Dare County, in consultation with the Towns, to reject the bids and re-issue a Request for Bids for the project. This is expected in March 2016.
The Town is providing this list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to assist in responding to questions and concerns about the project and to elaborate on the statement above. In addition, at the Town Council’s Annual Retreat, which will be held on March 8th and 9th, the Town’s engineering consultants, Coastal Planning and Engineering (CP&E) will be providing an update on the project. This update is scheduled for 1:15 p.m. on March 9th.
The Town shares in the disappointment that the construction of the project has been delayed from the original timeline; however, to be clear, the Town remains committed to the completion of this project as quickly and as expeditiously as possible.