Work begins on $280,000 sand renourishment project in Surf City

SURF CITY, N.C. (WECT) – The $280,000 emergency sand renourishment project in Surf City began on Wednesday, April 10.

“Dump trucks are delivering sand to the Kingston Beach Access #19. An excavator is loading the sand into Off-Road Dump Trucks which will transport the sand south along the beach to the areas in need or repair,” a town announcement states.

The town says a storm at the end of February caused extensive erosion, raising safety concerns.

The town manager says this is a very small volume of sand compared to Army Corps projects and that the project will be completed by May 1.

Still, it will include about 5,000 cubic yards of sand to the oceanfront mostly between the 900 and 1100 blocks of S. Shore Drive. The project will require the closures of beach accesses 19 through 24, and people are asked to avoid the area and exercise caution.

“We’re thankful for the quick response and turnaround to get this project completed within the environmental window and before our major tourist season. The Town continues to look forward to its beach nourishment project with the US Army Corps of Engineers to begin in December 2025. This minor truck haul will hopefully provide the stabilization necessary to maintain a healthy dune system,” said Mayor Teresa Batts in a press release.