Dredging of Keeling Drain Planned for April 2022. Lynnhaven Boat Ramp to be Used as Spoils Transfer Station.

The City of Virginia Beach plans to dredge the Keeling Drain in April 2022. It is estimated that 60% of the material will NOT be beach quality sand. So that means about 1000 dump trucks worth of spoils will have to come through the Lynnhaven Boat Ramp transfer site. That equates to about 1 truck every 5 minutes for 10 working days (8 hour period). It is unknow if there are any planned restrictions for noise and traffic impacts for this industrial operation. It is worth paying attention to see how this operation works in case the City tries to use the LBR site for future neighborhood dredge transfer operation. Around the clock operation at the LBR is not a good idea. Stay tuned and voice your concerns as this project progresses.

VMRC Agenda Link – https://mrc.virginia.gov/Commission_Agendas/ca20220125.shtm

A. CITY OF VIRGINIA BEACH, #21-1817 Requests authorization to maintenance dredge (by mechanical means) approximately 32,500 cubic yards of State-owned submerged bottomlands from within the Keeling Drain portion of the Eastern Branch of the Lynnhaven River City Channel. Dredging will attempt to achieve maximum depths of minus eight (-8) feet at mean low water. Sandy dredged material will be offloaded at the City’s Lynnhaven Beach and Boat Ramp facility, located at 3576 Piedmont Circle along Crab Creek, and utilized for future beach nourishment projects. Offloaded dredged material that is not beach quality sand will be contained and transported to an approved upland disposal site.

3 thoughts on “Dredging of Keeling Drain Planned for April 2022. Lynnhaven Boat Ramp to be Used as Spoils Transfer Station.

    • Hi Matt,

      Dan Adams the Project Manager with Public Works replied to Todd just now:

      “Keeling Drain Dredging is part of the Eastern Branch Lynnhaven River(EBLR) Dredging CIP scope. Since the EBLR project had been delayed due to lack of a transfer station, we advanced a permit to allow us to dredge the northern Keeling Drain area to give us options on procuring dredging services soonest. We obtained that permit in April but no plans to start dredging in April 2022 were in place. We explored a change order to our annual dredging of Crab/Long Creek but it was determined to be out of scope for that contract. We have since acquired the transfer station property on VB Blvd. to serve the ERLR and site improvement work is underway. Now that the EBLR is moving forward we plan on keeping this work as part of the EBLR dredging contract. EBLR dredging work is planned to start dredging in March 2023. The vast majority of the dredged material from the EBLR project will be transferred from the VB Blvd location. The Keeling Drain area will be transferred or stored at the Lynnhaven Dredge Material Management site at Crab Creek.

      Respectfully,

      Dan”

      • Thank you so much for the reply and additional information. I appreciate you tracking down that updated information!

        Best Regards, Matt

        On Wed, Jun 15, 2022 at 9:21 AM #WeLoveShoreDrive < comment-reply@wordpress.com> wrote:

        Tim commented: “Hi Matt, Dan Adams the Project Manager with Public Works > replied to Todd just now: “Keeling Drain Dredging is part of the Eastern > Branch Lynnhaven River(EBLR) Dredging CIP scope. Since the EBLR project had > been delayed due to lack of a transfer station,” >

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