Update: Beach work paused for a few days while dredge refuels

By on June 18, 2019

On June 16, construction was progressing south from a submerged line near Milepost 13.5. (Town of Nags Head)

Sand pumping and beach reconstruction in Nags Head will stop temporarily starting Tuesday evening as the Dredge Liberty Island heads to Norfolk for refueling, which will take two to three days.

Construction has been progressing south in the vicinity of the 4700 block of South Virginia Dare Trail, near Milepost 13.5, the town reports in its latest update.

“When the dredge returns from Norfolk later this week, work should continue to progress south another two days or so, before the it moves to a new submerged pipeline (subline) installed in the 5700 block of South Virginia Dare Trail, near Milepost 14.5 by the Epstein public beach access),” the update says.

“Sublines are used to pump sand from the offshore dredge onto the beach, where discharge pipes are placed perpendicular to the subline to transport sand first north (in this project’s case) approximately 5,000 feet, and then south approximately 5,000 feet.

“The Dredge Liberty Island will move to additional landing points as construction makes its way south of the Outer Banks Pier to tie into the beach already completed by the Dredge Ellis Island.

“The project is expected to be complete in late August or early September.”

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