Buxton added to study of Hatteras nourishment

By on December 9, 2012

The north end of Buxton often floods in storms. (U.S. Geological Survey)

Dare County is including the beach in Buxton as it searches for an engineer to see what it would take to widen parts of the Hatteras Island shoreline.

In a formal request for engineers to submit their qualifications, Buxton has been added to the troublesome Rodanthe area for a beach nourishment study.

Last month, commissioners told County Manager Bobby Outten to look into the possibility of beach nourishment at the vulnerable S-curves and south into Rodanthe.

The request for qualifications says it is looking for a firm to perform planning, analysis, engineering design and environmental investigations. It says the projects are intended to protect N.C. 12 and public utilities from overwash, inundation and undermining during storms.

N.C. 12 at Mirlo Beach has routinely been damaged by overwash from storms and surf. The northern end of Buxton also suffers from a lack of protection.

Even though it passed more than 200 miles offshore at the end of October, Hurricane Sandy produced enough wind and surf to extensively damage N.C.12. Parts of the road are open, but the North Carolina Department of Transportation is still working on the Mirlo Beach segment.

NCDOT said earlier last week that the road could be fully opened by Christmas.

The deadline for submitting qualifications is Jan. 11:

County of Dare – Beach Nourishment Projects
Attn: Susan Beck, Purchasing Agent
954 Marshall C. Collins Drive, Room 121 (delivery)
P.O. Box 1000 (mail)
Manteo, NC 27954

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