WASHINGTON, D.C – This week, Rep. Elaine Luria (D-VA), joined Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA), and Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA) in announcing an additional $223,871,000 in Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act funding, commonly referred to as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), for Coastal Virginia, including $1.5 million for Coastal Storm Risk Management study.
The Virginia Beach and Vicinity Coastal Storm Risk Management Study will receive $1.5 million in BIL funding through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to begin the project’s feasibility study.
“The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law continues to transform Coastal Virginia through historic investments that modernize our infrastructure, expand economic opportunities, and combat climate change,” Rep. Luria said. “This study is crucial to the region’s long-term vitality, and the additional funding provided through the BIL will help combat sea-level rise and improve the infrastructure and economic resilience of Virginia Beach and Coastal Virginia.”
In 2020, Rep. Luria, Sen. Warner, and Sen. Kaine urged the Office of Management and Budget and USACE to include the study in the Corps’ work plan.
“This is a very important step in the City’s holistic approach to protect our community, analyze flood risk threats from sea level rise, coastal storm surge, and rainfall events, and build a sustainable plan through collaboration with our Federal and regional partners.”
The additional BIL funding through USACE also includes $72,371,000 for the Norfolk Harbor Deepening and Widening, and $150 million for the City of Norfolk Coastal Storm Risk Management Project.