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Avon beach nourishment estimated to be complete in 7-10 days

Posted on July 18, 2022

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co. has announced that significant progress has been made on the Avon beach nourishment project since pumping resumed on July 8, 2022. Over the past week, the dredge Liberty Island placed approximately 180,000 cubic yards of sand along the beach in Avon to nourish another 4,000 feet of the oceanfront.

Pumping approached the northernmost project boundary at Due East Road this morning, July 15, 2022. The crew plans to move most of the equipment and shore pipes to the south side of the Avon Pier this afternoon, where pumping will resume and proceed south to tie in with the nourished section of beach near Pampas Drive. Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co. estimates that the last 3,000 feet of nourishment work is expected to take 7-10 days to complete.

While waiting for the crew to clean up the newly completed beach, the Liberty Island will sail downcoast to assist the dredge Ellis Island in the Buxton nourishment project for a short period of time. Moving forward, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co. may switch dredges between Avon and Buxton to reach the optimal production rate and achieve the best overall results for both projects.

Click here to view the Avon project progress map, which shows areas of the shoreline where beach nourishment has already been completed as well as areas that are currently under construction.

ORV Ramp 38 Reminder: 

Throughout this summer, Cape Hatteras National Seashore’s off-road vehicle (ORV) Ramp 38 will remain open, but visitors with beach driving permits can expect some intermittent, short-term delays entering and exiting the ramp as beach nourishment equipment is moved safely to and from the beach.

Although the ramp will remain open, the parking lot at ORV Ramp 38 will be closed this summer. Visitors who planned to park in the parking lot at ORV Ramp 38 should instead consider using nearby parking lots at Haulover Sound Access and Kite Point Sound Access.

Visit for the latest information about all 2022 beach nourishment projects taking place in Dare County, including projected timelines and answers to the most frequently asked questions.


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