VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - The widening of Virginia Beach's resort area beach is being put on hold for a year.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had planned to replenish sand eroded from the beach this year. The Virginian-Pilot reports that the only bid for the project exceeds the budget by $10 million.
Virginia Beach coastal engineer Phil Roehrs says the additional cost is due to companies having a backlog of sand replenishment projects. He says the lone bidder would have to rearrange existing contracts for the Virginia Beach project.
The contract will be rebid in June and will be expanded to include replenishment for Sandbridge. The expanded contract will cost the city $21 million. The corps will pay $9 million.
It will be Virginia Beach's first sand replenishment project since 2002.
Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com
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