VIRGINIA BEACH - Work is expected to begin December 1 to replenish sand on Oceanfront beaches.

The $11.925 million project stretches from 17th Street to 70th Street and should be completed by May 15, 2013, well ahead of the summer tourist season. Work will begin at the south end of the beach at 15th Street and move northward. Beach access will be restricted where work is occurring for safety reasons.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the federal government is paying $8.9 million of the cost.

The Norfolk District's Chief of Civil Works Projects Doug Martin tells the Corps has been actively working on this beach re-nourishment cycle with the City of Virginia Beach for the past four years.

It's the first beach replenishment contract since the construction of the Hurricane Protection System in 2001.

Equipment is already being moved to the beach and, in the next few weeks, people will see the work begin.

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