Work to begin on Willoughby Spit storm damage reduction project

13News Now Jaclyn Lee has the story

NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- Crews began work on the storm damage reduction project in Ocean View today. 

The project consists of placing 1.2 million cubic yards of sand, widening the beach at the Willoughby Spit to 60 feet and creating a berm five feet above meal low water along 7.3 miles of the shoreline. 

The project will span the shoreline from the tip of Willoughby Spit near the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel to the federal navigation project at Little Creek Inlet. 

Dredging and beach building, crews will work 24 hours a day, seven days a week, until May to finish the project. 

Resident Melinda Coley said the work is needed.

"We’re losing a lot of the sand from all the storms we've had over the past year and you can come out here and there’s literally zero beach almost," said Coley.

According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, crews began equipment set up on February 15 at 21st Bay View Street. 

While crews are working on the beach, 1,000-foot safety zones around the work areas will be established. General public will not have access to those sections of the beach. 

They are expected to move roughly 300 feet down the beach per day, weather permitting. 

Residents and businesses along the waterfront have been given a heads up by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that they may have crews working on sections of their properties and some noise is expected. 

Resident Brenda Andrasen said she welcomes the project and won't mind the noise.

"It’s going to protect our homes which we really need to have that because we’re right on the beach," said Andrasen.

This is said to be the largest single storm damage reduction project in the City of Norfolk. Click here to learn more about it.

 

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