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NC - Emerald Isle Beach Nourishment Project Gears up; 2 Dredging Projects Set to Go

EMERALD ISLE — Equipment for the soon-to-start Emerald Isle beach nourishment project should arrive by next week, with work scheduled to begin between Jan. 24-31.

Greg Rudolph, manager of the Carteret County Shore Protection Office, said in an email Thursday the water-based equipment – submerged pipelines, tugboats and ancillary vessels – will arrive first at the staging area, which is the vehicular beach access at the Ocean Drive “dog leg,” near the Eastern Ocean Regional Access.

“The land-based pipe, office shacks, trucks and bulldozers and front-end loaders are scheduled to begin to be delivered to the site via flatbed trucks late next week,” Mr. Rudolph added, and the hopper dredge, the Liberty Island, from Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Co., will sail into the area during the start-up week.

Mr. Rudolph said he and Emerald Isle officials had their first of what will be weekly meetings with the contractor, Great Lakes, and the county’s beach engineering firm, Moffatt & Nichol, Wednesday, and everything is set for the $36.1 million project to get underway.

The effort totals 9.4 linear miles of beach in Emerald Isle, with 166,350 cubic yards of sand to be deposited in the extreme western strand off Coast Guard Road, 708,750 cubic yards to the east of that, 537,750 cubic yards in the center of town and 600,000 cubic yards in the extreme east.

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