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Beach Nourishment Project
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In 2015, the Army Corps of Engineers and the City of Norfolk signed an agreement for construction of a coastal storm damage
reduction project that's unprecedented in the 333-year history of the city. The initial beach nourishment will expand the beach 60-feet in the Willoughby Spit and East Ocean View areas. The project is 65 percent federally funded, 35 percent non-federally funded. 

Known as the Willoughby Spit and Vicinity project, it includes 7.3 miles of shoreline, except for the segment between 1st Bay St and Warwick Ave., where there is already a wide beach.

Initial construction is expected to start February 2017 and finish by May 2017. 

Project Overview:

  • Put down 1.2 million cubic yards of sand
  • Widen the beach by about 60 feet 
  • Raise the recreational area of the beach 
  • The project will help protect homes, businesses and recreation areas from waves and flooding during coastal storms. 

Army Corps Project Fact Sheet (printable)

Project Fact Sheet with information for homeowners, businesses and beach visitors

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