posted on February 22, 2019 14:31
Preparations continue for the Town’s Channel Dredging and Dune Restoration Project. The dredge is here and additional equipment (pipes, boosters, etc.) are on the way. The proposed project includes dredging Topsail Creek and some areas of shoaling in Banks Channel that will improve boating access and safety for our recreational boaters and commercial vessels. In addition, the beneficial sand removed as part of the dredging will be used to help repair the dunes damaged from the storm. This project will help get our dunes back to pre-Florence levels.
Residents will begin seeing equipment and activity on the beach as early as next week, weather permitting. Activity for both the dredge and on the beach will start on the south end of the town and move north. In an effort to complete the project in a timely fashion, work will be ongoing 24 hours a day. Noise from the booster and the heavy equipment is an unfortunate impact of the project. Although every effort is made to minimize the impact of noise and lighting, please be aware that there will be times when equipment is in operation during the nighttime and early morning hours. We ask everyone to be aware that this is a major construction project and ask everyone to avoid the active areas at all times.
While this project will help provide navigation benefits and restoration to our dunes, additional work to improve our beach will be necessary. Efforts are still underway to complete our bigger Local Project including a new dune structure and increased beach area. That project is scheduled to start late fall/early winter 2019.
A community meeting will be held in the spring with more information.Look for weekly progress maps and updates on our website as work gets underway! For more information on these upcoming projects, please contact us at Town Hall.