News: Survey crews to start work on Tangier Jetty
Story by Patrick Bloodgood
NORFOLK, Va. – Physical work on the feasibility phase of the Tangier Jetty program is set to begin this week, weather dependent.
A Norfolk District survey crew will operate in the water where the jetty is to be built at the federal navigation channel entrance way on the western side of the island.
“We just received the funds in house and so we are able to mobilize and begin the boots on the ground physical work on this project,” said Tom Lochen, Norfolk District project manager.
The crew is expected to be on site for a few hours taking measurements every 50 feet with single-beam SONAR equipment.
Watercraft in the area are asked to maintain a safe distance and speed near the location of the crew so they can safely obtain accurate readings.
Once the data is collected, it will be processed, verified and submitted to the Corps’ Engineer Research and Development Center for inclusion in the computer modeling process, which will determine how the jetty should be designed and built.
The modeling process is expected to start in January 2013 and will take about six months to complete.