Willoughby Spit Nourishment Project Enters Final Phase

The Willoughby Spit and Vicinity beach nourishment project in Norfolk, Virginia, is entering the final phase of construction with 81% of the project completed by the contractor, Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company.

According to USACE Norfolk District, since the beginning of the works, GLDD has placed over 968,000 cubic yards of sand along the beachfront.

Overall, this storm reduction project includes placing 1.2 million cubic yards of sand along 7.3 miles of shoreline, widening the beach to 60 feet and creating a slope to 5 feet above mean low water.

The Corps estimates that the $34.5 million project is to be completed sometime next week.

The scheme is the largest single storm damage reduction project in the City of Norfolk and has an expected life span of 50 years.

It is expected that the shoreline will receive 445,100 cubic yards of fill every nine years, dredged from the Thimble Shoal Auxiliary Channel, over the lifetime of the project.

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