WHERE’S THE SAND?

Editor’s Note: SBCL’s Joan Davis has been checking in with Coastal Section Project Manager Jim White about our sand replenishment. Here are his recent updates:

March 25

Public Works Coastal Section is working, just from the comforts of our homes!! Anyway, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock (GLDD) is mobilizing as we speak. Due to some weather delays, they expect to begin dredging by March 31, 2020. We had our first progress meeting conference call this morning and were updated that GLDD is working diligently to continue to mobilize to the site and begin dredging operations. GLDD is still being held to the schedule that all sand placement work will be completed by May 23, 2020. Other than that, we’re all trying to keep a 6ft distance from each other while getting things done!

I hope you are doing well and staying safe. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments.
Sincerely,
Jim
James D. White, P.E.
Coastal Section Project Manager
City of Virginia Beach Public Works

EDITOR’S NOTE: This earlier email was sent after the March SBCL meeting was
canceled but before April events were canceled.

Thank you for the update regarding the cancellation. Better to be safe than sorry. We would be more than happy to attend the April 20, 2020 meeting. We will be able to provide an update on both the beach nourishment project and the latest beach access improvements.

Regarding Great Lakes Dredge & Dock (GLDD) mobilizing to Little Island Park (LIP). GLDD is currently mobilizing land equipment (pipes, dozers, trailers, etc.) to LIP as of Thursday, March 12. We did have a quality assurance/safety meeting with GLDD and the Army Corps on Friday, March 13. GLDD stated that they are focusing on full mobilization to LIP. Beach nourishment operations are expected to begin within the next 10 days. GLDD is on notice that the completion date for the beach nourishment remains May 23, 2020. I will provide further updates as they come in.

Regarding the beach access improvements. Bids were open on March 4, 2020. The bids are favorable and the contract has been recommended for award. The contract is routing through our Purchasing and Attorneys Office for review and approval (this is standard operating procedure). It usually takes between 30-45 days to complete the award process. Once the contract is awarded, the contractor will receive a Notice to Proceed (NTP). The contractor usually begins construction activities within a week of the NTP. The current schedule is for the beach access construction to be underway by late April 2020. Again, itis expected that the beach access work will extend through early July 2020.

We did receive the green light to purchase one more Mobi-Mat for Sandbridge Beach. We are working through the “red tape” to obtain a purchase order to acquire the additional Mobi-Mat. I will follow up on the acquisition of the Mobi-Mat when available. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments.

Sincerely,
James D. White, P.E.
Coastal Section Project Manager
City of Virginia Beach Public Works

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