A solution for the erosion problem at the end of Sand Bank Road in New Point may be in the works.
Sean Trapani, residency engineer for the Saluda office of the Virginia Department of Transportation, said the engineering design is complete and that he was scheduled to talk about it with the agency’s equipment contractor this week.
The plan drawing calls for a 6.5-foot-tall revetment with a 25-foot-wide base tapering to five feet wide at the top. The revetment would extend straight out into the Chesapeake Bay approximately 15 feet, turn left and run another 55 feet parallel to the shoreline, then angle seaward another 50 feet, tapering off in width to 18 feet. Sand would be placed in the 55’x15’ L-shaped portion of the revetment, adding depth to the beach.
Problems with sand on Route 602 have been ongoing for several years, and Wallace Sterling of Sand Bank and his neighbors have repeatedly asked VDOT to develop a solution. Last week, Hurricane Sandy dumped sand two feet deep on the end of Route 602, the state-maintained road that provides access to Sterling’s home and those of his neighbors.
In addition, said Sterling, a large hole developed at the end of the road that could be a hazard for unsuspecting motorists who might keep driving without realizing that the road simply ends in the water.