Crews with Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company completed sand placement in early September on a project to protect a stretch of North Carolina beach locally known as the ‘SCurves’ north of Rodanthe on Hatteras Island in Dare County North Carolina. The placement was part of a $20.3 million project awarded by the Corps of Engineers in June; work began in July.
Crews placed about 1.7 million cubic yards of sand in the location. The Corps of Engineers will perform a final survey of the off-shore borrow source where sand was dredged from for the project.
This N.C. Department of Transportation project administered by the Corps of Engineers is designed to provide several years of protection before a long-term project is completed for this stretch of NC 12 in Dare County where storms including Hurricane Sandy resulted in severe beach erosion along the road.
The Federal Highway Administration approved Hurricane Sandy emergency relief funds to pay for this project.
In addition to this project NCDOT is also conducting feasibility studies for projects to protect NC 12 south of Rodanthe at identified “hot spots” on southern Hatteras Island and Ocracoke Island in Hyde County.
Feasibility studies are expected to be completed this fall.