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Posted on: March 25, 2022

Radio Island beach access scheduled to temporarily close for dredging project

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CARTERET COUNTY, NC – The County of Carteret will temporarily close the public beach access on Radio Island for visitor use beginning Monday, March 28, 2022, for dredging maintenance of East Taylor’s Creek by T. D. Eure Marine Construction. The work for the project involves reusing over 35,000 cubic yards of material dredged from East Taylor’s Creek for placement on approximately 2,775 linear feet of estuarine shoreline along the southeast side of Radio Island. To ensure the project is completed as quickly and safely as possible, beach access will be temporarily closed to the public.

Once the project is complete, the restoration of the eastern shoreline’s beach and dune system will greatly enhance the coastal resilience of Marine Road, improve public access, and maintain the recreational beach uses. The southeast shoreline at Radio Island has experienced significant beach erosion due to frequent storm events, creating an enhanced risk to infrastructure and mission readiness.

The project is funded through grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Defense and the North Carolina Shallow Draft Navigation Channel Dredging and Aquatic Weed Fund. Weather permitting, the project is expected to be complete, with full access restored, by mid to late May.

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