Beach Nourishment

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Friday, June 23, 2017 
New Beach Nourishment Video Released

Current TV just released the latest beach nourishment video, with information about Duck, Kill Devil Hills, and the Dare County beach nourishment project just north of Buxton.  Just click the arrow on the screen to the right to take a look!

And, don't forget, Dare County's interactive beach nourishment map for the Kill Devil Hills project  is available by clicking here.   

Update #2 for June 22, 2017

Beach nourishment in Kill Devil Hills began this evening at approximately 6:00 p.m. as the first sand began being pumped onto the beach in the vicinity of the Helga Street ocean access.

We extend our best wishes for a successful project to the Great Lakes Dredge and Dock crews and our engineers from CB&I.  

With the realization of beach nourishment ion our beaches, we remember Commissioner Bill Pitt whose tireless advocacy for nourishment and dedicated support for a Kill Devil Hills beach nourishment project helped the Town reach this goal. 


June 22, 2017

There will continue to be increased traffic related to the beach nourishment project at the Helga Street beach access.  

Additional information on Kill Devil Hills’ beach nourishment project can be obtained at Dare County’s website and at Kill Devil Hills’ website  Anyone with questions please call the Administration Department at 252.449.5300 or Town Clerk Mary Quidley at 252.449.5302.

For your safety, please refrain from entering any of the active construction sites and obey all signs posted in the vicinity of the construction sites.


At this time, the Helga Street ocean access and the beach area is closed for use from 3123 North Virginia Dare Trail to 3213 North Virginia Dare Trail as Great Lakes Dredge and Dock continues to prepare for sand pumping in this area.   

The photo below is of the area around the Helga Street ocean access. 
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June 19, 2017 

Equipment is beginning to mobilize at the Helga Street access. 

The First Subline Is In!!
Friday, June 16, 2017

Congratulations to Great Lakes Dredge and Dock and project engineers CB&I - the first sub(merged) line for beach nourishment is in!  I’ve attached the following pictures to make them easier for ya’ll to share.  The first subline is located landward of the surfline at the Helga Street access, which is the staging area for Kill Devil Hills’ beach nourishment project; a second subline will be installed soon more towards the south end of the project, in the vicinity of Coral and Landing Drives.  Additional sublines will be laid as the project progresses. 


Equipment mobilization will begin at the Helga Street beach nourishment staging area over this weekend, June 17th and 18th.   Motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists:  please be vigilant in this area and be prepared for traffic delays. 

Beach nourishment sand pumping could begin as early as five days from June 16th at the north end of Kill Devil Hills’ beaches.  Equipment mobilization for the duration of the beach nourishment project may be expected daily.  It is critically important to remember that this project is fluid.  There are no firm dates to provide those wanting to know when beach nourishment is going to be in front of their property, or their rental.  When nourishment begins in Kill Devil Hills, daily location updates can be found at the website on the interactive map Dare County developed.  We will be providing more frequent e-mail updates and/or releases throughout the project.

Regarding diving at the Triangle Wrecks off Second Street, and the surf wreck at the Croatan Surf Club:   Beach Nourishment Construction:  Wreck Diving Not Recommended And May Be DangerousThe Town of Kill Devil Hills will be installing warning signs at 1st, 2nd and 3rd Streets stating this message; a notice will be placed on the Town’s Facebook pages, website, and distributed electronically.  We are asking your agencies to also share this information.  Safety is of critical importance. 

If we can be of help, please don’t hesitate to let us know.

This information is not binding and is meant to provide estimated construction times for planning purposes.  The beach nourishment start dates are subject to change.     

General information Regarding the Kill Devil Hills Beach Nourishment Project

                        Mary E. Quidley, Town Clerk, 252-449-5302,
Harriet Banner, Administrative Assistant, 252-449-5301,
Michael O’Dell, Administrative Specialist, 252-449-5306,
Rachel Hermann, Office Assistant, 252-449-5300,

            Technical Information Regarding the Kill Devil Hills Beach Nourishment Project

                        Meredith Guns, Planning Director, 252-449-5318,

Change in Beach Nourishment Schedule 


Previously Projected May 2017

New June/July 2017 Schedule

Start Date

End Date


Start Date

End Date


Town of Kill Devil Hills

Early August

Mid September 


Late June
Early July

Mid August 

40 days

Kill Devil Hills Nourishment Moved Forward by Contractor

          There has been a major change in the beach nourishment schedule for the Town of Kill Devil Hills’ project.  Great Lakes Dock and Dredge (GLDD), the beach nourishment contractor, will begin nourishment dredging in Kill Devil Hills in late June or early July.  Completion of the Kill Devil Hills project is now anticipated to be in mid-August.  

          The overall nourishment project began in Duck in May, and GLDD has been operating three dredges to pump sand onto the beaches.  Originally, two of the three were to be relocated to another area away from the outer Banks during the month of June.  GLDD now anticipates that the Dodge and Padre Island Dredges will be available to stay on the Outer Banks until early to mid-July.  In order to maximize the production of these to dredges, they will construct the portion of the project closest to the offshore borrow area, which is Kill Devil Hills.            

          The bid package for the overall beach nourishment project, Duck/Southern Shores/Kitty Hawk/Kill Devil Hills, did not specific the order in which construction would proceed to allow Dare County the ability to maximize cost savings that could be achieved through scheduling flexibility. 

          GLDD will begin mobilizing in Kill Devil Hills immediately to prepare for dredging anticipated to begin in the coming weeks.  The company intends on landing a subline, which is a large steel pipe that leads out to the dredge from onshore, in Kill Devil Hills sometime early next week.  The Helga Street beach access remains GLDD’s staging site for the Kill Devil Hills’ project. 

          The Town of Kill Devil Hills will continue to provide up-to-date nourishment project reports on this website and through

May 5, 2017 

This article on how a beach profile is adjusted overtime once a beach nourishment project is completed.  Kenneth Willson, one of the paper’s contributing authors, is part of the project’s engineering team overseeing the Town of Kill Devil Hills’ beach nourishment project.

The adjustment process is called “profile equilibration” and typically occurs within 12 months following sand placement, depending on various conditions.  The article states “…profile equilibration…dramatically decreases the width of dry beach from the very wide beach observed immediately after nourishment.  This decrease in beach width (profile equilibration) is often misunderstood by some of the public as the failure of the beach nourishment project because they perceive “all the sand washed away.”  The objective of this paper is to explain the process of profile equilibration in a non-technical way to inform coastal communities and increase public understanding of how beach nourishment works.” 

We hope you find it to be of interest and value. 

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Questions about Beach Nourishment?  We've Got Answers!

With the upcoming beach nourishment project, you may have questions about what is expected to occur, what the nourishment timelines are, and if it may affect you.  Check out the information on this page and the others listed to the left of this column.  We believe you'll find the information helpful.  

Dare County has developed an excellent resource at its "More Beach To Love" site, which provides information on all nourishment projects in Dare County, that will include an interactive map when the project begins.

General information Regarding the Kill Devil Hills Beach Nourishment Project

                        Mary E. Quidley, Town Clerk, 252-449-5302,
                        Harriet Banner, Administrative Assistant, 252-449-5301,
                        Michael O’Dell, Administrative Specialist, 252-449-5306,
                        Rachel Hermann, Office Assistant, 252-449-5300,

Technical Information Regarding the Kill Devil Hills Beach Nourishment Project

                        Meredith Guns, Planning Director, 252-440-5318,

March 16, 2017 Update

Staging area at the East Helga Street Beach Access:
  Great Lakes Dredge and Dock, the company that will be constructing the beach nourishment projects for Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk and KDH, will be using the area immediately south of the East Helga Street Beach Access as a construction staging area.  The following information has been provided by our engineer:

The Town of Kill Devil Hills staging area is located on the upland portion of the beach lot located at Helga Street.  The contractor will attempt to minimize the area utilized within the staging area as best as practical as the beach and adjacent areas are used heavily by the public throughout the year. The contractor will cordon off and/or fence the access and staging areas to prohibit public access. Outside of emergency vehicle access, the staging areas and construction accesses do not need to remain open to the public while the areas are in use for the Project. It is anticipated that the contractor would attempt to minimize needless closure of the public access if the contractor is not actively using the access. All access and staging areas shall be restored to the pre-construction condition upon project completion at the cost of the contractor.


Contact the Planning Department

Planning Director: Meredith Guns 
- Meredith is the project coordinator for the Town and can help with update information, as well as technical issues on which you may have questions.  

Planning & Inspections Department
102 Town Hall Drive, off Colington Road
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948

Contact the Board of Commissioners

The Board of Commissioners encourages the review of all beach nourishment project material, and desires public feedback on the project, the notifications you are receiving, and the informational materials we are providing you through this website.

Email the Board of Commissioners

Email the Town Clerk for distribution to the Board of Commissioners

Written comments or statements, questions, etc., may also be mailed to the Town Clerk for distribution to the Board and appropriate Staff members: 

Town Clerk
P.O. Box 1719
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27949