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Work to resume on Virginia Beach oceanfront project

Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Public Affairs Office
Published Nov. 5, 2019
A coastal research amphibious buggy drive to the shoreline from the ocean

A coastal research amphibious buggy conducts survey operations as dredging continues is support of the Virginia Beach Hurricane and Storm Damage Reduction Project at the Virginia Beach oceanfront, Virginia, Aug. 1, 2019. Crews will be placing approximately 1.4 million cubic yards of sand on the beach, widening it and raising it to 9 feet above sea-level, back to it's original width and height. (U.S. Army photo by Andria Allmond)

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and city of Virginia Beach officials said Great Lakes Dredge & Dock LLC, the Virginia Beach Hurricane and Storm Damage Reduction Project’s contractor, intends to mobilize equipment at 68th Street and install submerged pipeline between 60th and 61st streets here this week.

“Virginia Beach visitors and residents may begin to see pipes and equipment being transported and staged by the contractor,” said Ashton Burgin, Norfolk District project manager.

The project, which began in late June, renourished 75% of the oceanfront in approximately two months. The contractor halted operations Sept. 1 for a sea turtle migration time-of-year restriction imposed by the district 

Sandbridge is expected to start later this winter and be wrapped up by May.

Burgin said the contractor expects completion within four weeks of resuming operations.

Virginia Beach’s hurricane and storm-damage reduction system was originally completed in 2001, and this is the second beach-replenishment contract since initial construction. The first occurred in 2012, when crews placed 1.25 million cubic yards of sand on the beach.

This project consists of beach-berm renourishment along the Virginia Beach oceanfront to provide a minimum elevation of 9 feet above sea level and minimum crest width of 100 feet.

District officials remind the public to remain clear of construction vehicles and pipes.

For questions or concerns about the Virginia Beach or Sandbridge projects, email the Norfolk District Public Affairs Office at DLL-CENAO-PA@usace.army.mil or call 757-201-7606.

Mother and daughter on the beach watch a ship out in the ocean at sunrise
Virginia Beach oceanfront renourishment continues with help from city, Norfolk District
The Virginia Beach Hurricane Protection and Storm Damage Reduction Project takes place at 37th Street in Virginia Beach, Virginia, July 31, 2019. THe project is comprised of three parts: a widened 100 foot beach at 9-feet above sea level with a gradual slope to sea level, seawall/sand dune system, and an intricate network of storm drains and pump stations to remove water from upland areas.(U.S. Army photo by Andria Allmond)
Photo By: Andria Allmond
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