Carolina and Kure Beach coastal storm risk management construction start

USACE Wilmington
Published Feb. 24, 2022

WILMINGTON, N.C. – Work is set to begin on the coastal storm risk management (CSRM) project at Carolina Beach this week. Here is the information you will need to know when navigating which parts of the beach will be open or closed.

  • We have a sand placement tracker that will let people know which part of the beach is currently closed for construction. Click here for the tracker. Please view in google chrome.
  • Currently the beach fill contractor has its equipment staged beachside on and around the beach access at Hamlet Street. There are also multiple trucks coming on Pleasure Island bringing in large sections of pipe and heavy equipment to the Hamlet Street beach access area.
  • Additionally, the contractor is placing pipe from the ocean to the beach adjacent to Sandpiper Street beach access. The nourishment process will start in this vicinity and will continue adding sections of pipe in the northern direction as they continue pumping.  The process ends just north of the Carolina Beach Fishing Pier. Then the contractor will remove the pipe back to the offshore pipe landing and repeat the process in the southern direction, eventually into the Kure Beach Section of the project.
  • Sand placement in the Carolina Beach portion of the project is anticipated to take 4-5 weeks to complete but is subject to change.  All schedules are estimated and subject to change due to unforeseen complications (weather, mechanical issues, etc.).
  • Do not enter construction areas (these areas will be fenced-in with orange fencing and signs).
  • When having to cross over the pipe, only do so at areas where the sand has been piled up over pipe to create a safe crossing ramp – do not stand or sit on the pipe anywhere.
  • Keep a safe distance from all heavy equipment.
  • Keep a safe distance from the discharging end of the pipe.
  • Read and follow signs and instructions given by Contractor Personnel.
  • Sand placement is expected to begin Friday, February 25th, 2022.

The benefits of this CSRM project include protection from erosion and other effects from coastal storms.  The project provides economic benefits by protecting private property, and ensuring beaches are primed for tourism and recreation. These projects have been in the works for a long time, thanks the full support of our partners, the local beach towns.





Dave Connolly

Release no. 22-003