A pipe sits at a site west of the Circle development district in Atlantic Beach, where the first sand will come in from the dredge as part of a beach nourishment project that got underway this week. (Carteret County Shore Protection Office photo)

NC - Latest Bogue Banks nourishment project begins

EMERALD ISLE — As expected, the contractor for the county’s $28.2 million Bogue Banks beach nourishment project began delivering and assembling pipes and equipment last week.

Greg Rudolph, manager of the Carteret County Shore Protection office, said Thursday that Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Co. of Illinois was busy Wednesday in Atlantic Beach and at the staging area at the old Iron Steamer Pier site in Pine Knoll Shores.

“On the land side,” he said Thursday, “flatbed trucks (Wednesday) delivered a 30-inch-diameter pipe, approximately 30 feet long, to the Iron Steamer Regional Beach Access. In the water, the first submerged pipeline (subline) has been towed, assembled just offshore, and landed in Atlantic Beach.”

Over the next several days, the beach pipe will be carried by heavy equipment to the first point in Atlantic Beach where the pipeline from offshore comes to the beach, Mr. Rudolph said.

The Liberty Island, Great Lakes’ smaller dredge, is scheduled to arrive Thursday, Feb. 6, get inspected and head out to the sand borrow site off Atlantic Beach. Once the vessel begins dredging, it will pump sand through the offshore pipe to the pipes on the beach, where it will begin to flow onto the strand and be spread by more heavy equipment.

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