via Carteret County Shore Protection Office

NC - Port Dredging, Nourishment Along Atlantic Beach to Start in December

ATLANTIC BEACH — Dredging of channels at the State Port of Morehead City and beach nourishment in Atlantic Beach will begin before the end of December, with initial mobilization of personnel and equipment to the harbor and beach early in the month.

Greg Rudolph, manager of the Carteret County Shore Protection Office, which manages dredging projects, said Monday the office gave contractor Weeks Marine of New Jersey notice to proceed.

He added he expects the project to be complete by the end of March. The environmental window – designed to protect sea turtles, mostly – closes Friday, April 30, so all the work must be finished by then.

“The total estimated volume of shoal material to be dredged is 1,143,000 cubic yards,” Mr. Rudolph said in an email. “As a mental image, a loaded dump truck can hold roughly 12 cubic yards (wet) or possibly 15 cubic yards (dry) of sand.”

Essentially, the project will place 76,000 to 95,000 dump truck loads of sand on the beach. Generally, eastern Atlantic Beach and Fort Macon State Park get this sand every three years.

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