Oak Island granted second extension for beach renourishment project

Dredging in Oak Island on April 8, 2021. (Photo: Town of OKI)

OAK ISLAND, NC (WWAY) — The Town of Oak Island has been granted by the state to continue their beach renourishment for one more week.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the N.C. Division of Coastal Management (DCM) has given a second extension had been granted for the town to finish their ongoing dredging project.

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This extension allows sand distribution to continue through midnight Saturday, May 22. However, equipment still must be off the beach by May 26.

“As with the first extension, completion of the project remains a key priority towards providing the much needed protection the sand berms would offer during the upcoming hurricane season,” the town wrote in a release. “This would prevent certain beachfront areas from going unprotected during the hurricane season; as well as the need for the contractor to return later in the fall to complete the project.”

The two dredges currently in service will work from opposite ends of the project area, with the crews meeting together between 16th Pl E and 19th PL E. From there, a small remaining area near Middleton Ave. will be serviced before all sand distribution operations end on May 22.