Back Bay Marsh Terrace Project, Phase I, to Begin

Monday, April 05, 2021

Back Bay Marsh Terrace Project, Phase I, to Begin

Virginia Beach Public Works has announced that on Saturday, April 10, 2021, geotechnical engineers will begin a geotechnical survey of Bonney Cove, which is located within the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge in North Bay and borders the west side of Long Island. 

The survey, covered under Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC) Permit No. 2020-2286, will include collecting 10 soil borings by drilling with specialized equipment for the very soft soil in Back Bay. Engineers will use an airboat-mounted drill rig with three engines and a support airboat. 

The drill rig will be launched from the Mill Landing Boat Ramp, and will be anchored overnight in a sheltered cove, near the area of investigation, to limit travel back and forth.

This type of work can produce loud noise and will take place daily for 2 to 3 weeks from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., until drilling is complete.

All work is weather permitting.

For questions or additional information, please contact either Sue Kriebel at or Charles Bodnar at

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City of Virginia Beach | Public Works Department | Virginia Beach, VA 23456

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