Willoughby Spit Scheme: Three-Month Delay

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the city of Norfolk have announced a three-month delay in the start of construction of a coastal storm damage reduction project for Willoughby Spit and East Ocean View beach areas  due to the receipt of an unacceptable bid in response to the solicitation.  

The Corps and the city will re-solicit the project to allow greater flexibility for the period of performance of the construction.

The construction will now begin in early 2016 with an anticipated period of performance not to exceed one year. After a contract has been awarded, the project timeline will be finalized and shared with the public.

The project includes initial construction of a 60-foot sand berm along the Willoughby Spit and East Ocean View beach areas with periodic renourishment as needed over the project’s 50-year life. The project will be cost-shared, and the federal government is responsible for up to 65 percent of the project cost.

The project was originally authorized by the Water Resources Development Act of 1986. Federal funding for the project was provided by the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013, which was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama in response to the catastrophic damages to the Atlantic coastline caused by Hurricane Sandy in late October 2012.

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