9th Bay Beach Access Norfolk, VA 2017 - Ongoing

9th Bay Beach Access
Norfolk, VA
2017 - Ongoing

The combined effects of pedestrian use and winds coming off the Chesapeake Bay are clearly evident at the dunes at 9th Bay Street in Norfolk, VA.  The cycle of vegetation loss, followed by sand loss and dune blowout on the bayside and sand accretion on the landward side has been accelerating for years.  InSites is currently designing an elevated wooden overwalk structure to allow controlled pedestrian access in a manner that protects dense tree cover, facilitates dune revegetation and sand stabilization. The updated boardwalk design and associated wayfinding prototypes are intended be applied at other locations across Ocean View to create a discernible beach access network for residents and visitors alike.