WATCH: Virginia Beach Is Getting a $22 Million Sand Replenishment to Safeguard It from Hurricanes
Heading to Virginia Beach this summer? The beach is getting some hurricane-protection help, specifically new sand pumped in from navigation channels to the oceanfront. All this comes at a cost of $22 million but it is designed to more than pay for itself in the long-run. The sand replenishment efforts represent a joint effort between the city and the federal government.
"The project will ultimately benefit this area economically because it saved over $450 million in damages over the course of the project life, which is about 10 years," said Kristin Mazur, the project manager with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in an interview with WAVY-TV.
A whopping 1.85 million cubic yards of sand will be delivered to the beach, with crews completing the job in 1,000-foot stretches of beachfront. While employees are working on the sand replenishment, segments of the beach will be closed. Men and women will be working around the clock to get the project done in a timely fashion and it's expected to wrap up in the end of August. Watch the full video clip on the sand replenishment initiative below.
Of course, while it may be a temporary bummer, the goal of the project is to ward off erosion and keep Virginia Beach glimmering in its natural splendor for years to come.