Rudee Inlet Management Study
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Rudee Inlet is a man-made inlet sited along one of the most dynamic shorelines on the east coast. Even though the City maintains a year-round dredging program, the inlet has continued to experience rapid shoaling which periodically causes hazards to navigation.
Waterway Surveys was selected as the lead firm on the “Rudee Inlet Management Study” to investigate various alternatives for improving navigation and reducing the overall dredging requirements at the inlet.
This multi-phased investigation included:
- an in-depth evaluation of the hydrodynamic processes along the Virginia Beach shoreline
- a characterization of the tidal hydraulics
- a determination of the local shoaling patterns
- an evaluation of dredging practices
- an inlet sediment budget
- a navigation study
Based on the background research, an alternatives analysis was completed and management options were ranked relative to their ability to reduce inlet shoaling and/or dredging requirements.
The selected plan included:
- sand tightening the north jetty and the addition of a spur, while recommendations were made for improvements to the south weir and landward rubble jetty.
Additive options included a pedestrian walkway on the north jetty and advance maintenance dredging adjacent to the north jetty and in the sand trap.
Preliminary engineering cost estimates were provided for each recommended option.
Waterway also completed a NEPA environmental assessment to determine if the selected plan would have any adverse impact on the environment.
The results suggested that the selected plan would improve the man-made environment with minimal adverse impacts to the physical or natural environments.