The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has notified the Town of North Topsail Beach that their contractor is nearly finished with dredging and beach nourishment work on the northern end of Topsail Island.
The project, which is funded and permitted by the USACE, includes dredging of the Intracoastal Waterway or ICWW for marine channels and route improvements while providing more sand and soil materials to reinforce Topsail Island’s shoreline.
The contractor is scheduled to complete the dredging of the current channel and finish placing sand on the beach by February 20, 2023.
The work will produce more than 170,000 cubic yards of beach-compatible sand and enrichment materials pumped by pipelines and placed along the shoreline adjacent to New River Inlet Road. The work area of beach enrichment continues from the northern tip of Topsail Island southward for about 4,000 feet.
To help you to visualize where this work is being completed, we invite you to watch the video included below. The Town of North Topsail Beach’s drone captured a bird’s eye view of the work area on February 9, 2023, providing a fascinating view of progress to date.
With the end in sight, North Topsail Beach residents and visitors can look forward to enjoying the benefits of a wider, more resilient beach that will better withstand the impacts of storms and other coastal hazards likely to come as tropical weather patterns pick back up later this year.