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James River Newport News Shoreline CAP 14

Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Published March 31, 2020
Updated: May 7, 2021
James River Newport News CAP Study area

James River Newport News CAP Study area.

Project Study Area: The City of Newport News is located on the Lower Peninsula in eastern Virginia, adjacent to the Chesapeake Bay, approximately 65 miles southeast of Richmond. The study area is located entirely within the City along the north bank of the James River, west of the James River Bridge (US-17/US-258). It is bound on the south by the Government Ditch, to the north by North Avenue, and extends eastward to River Road.

Project Scope: To stabilize the existing shoreline along the 600-foot section of the James River and prevent future erosion resulting from the combined effects of storm surge, sea level rise, and stormwater runoff. The project is needed to provide long-term protection to existing public utilities on the adjacent upland, including River Road, and to eliminate unsafe conditions associated with the steep slope:

• Create safe bank conditions;
• Prevent damage to the Government Ditch federal project.
• Develop passive community recreational area (green space);
• Improve community cohesion/pride;
• Improve environmental landscape;
• Protect cultural resource sites;
• Provide pedestrian access to public property; and
• Improve near-shore habitat.

Authorization:  Continuing Authorities Program (CAP), Section 14 of the Flood Control Act of 1946, as amended (P.L.79-526), Emergency Streambank and Shore Protection. The purpose of the Section 14 program is to construct emergency streambank and shore protection to prevent natural erosion processes from damaging highways, bridge approaches, public works, churches, public and private non-profit hospitals, schools, water and sewer lines,
and other public or non-profit facilities that offer public services to all, and known historic properties eligible or listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Schedule: The CAP process begins with initial efforts of the feasibility phase to identify the problem and study area and determine if there is a federal interest in proceeding with more detailed work and identifying a federal cost-sharing sponsor.

Study Partner: City of Newport News

Contact: If you have comments or questions, contact Richard Harr of USACE Norfolk District at richard.m.harr@usace.army.mil or 757-201-7746. They can also be sent via regular mail to: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Norfolk District, ATTN: Richard Harr, 803 Front Street, Norfolk, VA 23510.