2022 Beach Restoration Project


Sand fencing installation in south Nags Head August 16, 2019.

The Town of Nags Head is planning a beach restoration project to replace sand lost during 2019's Hurricane Dorian. Construction is expected to take place over the summer of 2022.

The beach restoration project will place 567,000 cubic yards of sand on 4.45 miles of Nags Head's beach in the southern part of the town, from about Jennette's Pier near Mile Post 16, south to the corporate limits abutting Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

The estimated $13,952,137 project cost will be funded by a FEMA/North Carolina disaster assistance grant of $12,063,269, a North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, Division of Water Resources Coastal Storm Damage Mitigation grant of $1,408,247, and a contribution of approximately $480,480 from the Town of Nags Head’s beach nourishment capital reserve. 

The project is engineered to provide enough healthy, protective beach to allow the Town to align its regularly scheduled beach nourishment maintenance with those of the other northern beaches, tentatively planned for 2027. 

The dredging contractor will likely provide a preliminary schedule for the work in the spring of 2022. These projects are complex, with a lot of variables that may impact the construction schedule. 

A construction schedule map will be posted on this site in the spring of 2022. This map will be updated daily during the project to provide the latest beach closure information. 

View videos from our 2019 beach nourishment project to get a better idea of what construction entails. 

Image Beach Nourishment Easement

If your oceanfront property lies south of 8827 South Old Oregon Inlet Road or between 2919 South Virginia Dare Trail and 5317 South Virginia Dare Trail, we need a beach nourishment easement signed to place sand on the beach in front of your home. Learn more on our beach nourishment easement web page.

2022 Project Planning Video Updates

February 3, 2021

January 27, 2021

December 16, 2020


  1. Beach Restoration Project 2022

    A beach restoration project will take place sometime between late spring and early fall of 2022 on the beach from about Jennette's Pier near Mile Post 16 south to Nags Head's corporate limits abutting Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Read on...
  2. Beach Survey Work Underway

    Survey crews with McKim & Creed are conducting hydrographic and land-based beach surveys starting this week and over the next few weeks as part of our annual beach monitoring work. Read on...
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