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Army Corps to Widen VA Beach

Virginia Beach officials say the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will spend $9 million to replenish sand eroded from the city's resort beach.

The city will contribute an additional $5 million to the project. City officials said Wednesday the work will take about three months and will likely begin next spring.

The Virginian-Pilot reports it will be Virginia Beach's first sand replenishment project since 2002.

City water resources engineer Phillip Roehrs says as much as two million cubic yards of sand will be used.

It's one of more than 160 civil-works construction projects totaling $1.8 billion announced this week by the Corps.

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