Beach nourishment finished at both Hatteras Island locations

Published 10:17 pm Friday, August 19, 2022

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Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co. announced on August 17, 2022 that the last load of sand for the Buxton beach nourishment project was placed at about 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2022.

The dredge Liberty Island delivered the last load about 1.2 miles north of the northern boundary of the Buxton village.

The total contract volume of 1.2 million cubic yards was completed after about 50 days of construction.

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Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co. used America’s largest dredge, the Ellis Island, to begin the Buxton project June 30, 2022. The Ellis Island worked in Buxton for a total of 17 days (from June 30 to July 8, and from August 2 to August 9, 2022) and placed about 668,000 cubic yards of sand along the shoreline. This volume is equivalent to about 56 percent of the total project volume.

The second dredge, Liberty Island, started pumping sand in Buxton on July 26, 2022 after completing the Avon beach nourishment project. During nearly 20 days of working in Buxton, the dredge was able to place about 532,000 cubic yards of sand. This volume is equivalent to 44 percent of the total project volume.

Over the coming days, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co. will remove the landing point, the shore pipes and the equipment from the beach and store the equipment in the designated staging area near the Buxton beach access. The contractor estimates that all equipment will be transported out of the area by truck over the next two weeks.