Marine Inlet Reconstruction
For years, coastal storms battered the Tidewater Region of Virginia. These storms caused heavy siltation and sand movement, which damaged the marine structures of a local man-made inlet. The municipality had to constantly dredge the inlet and replenish the beach—an expensive and time-consuming process.
The health of the beach and navigability of the waterway is important for recreational activities and the economy. Luck Ecosystems provided materials to support the construction of stronger coastal structures to protect the beach and ensure the inlet was still easily navigable.
LandShield Riprap and Armor Stone are produced to protect the land and shore with large-scale aggregate in demanding inland and marine infrastructure projects, like Salt Ponds Inlet. For this project, we worked closely with our marine construction partner to determine the best mix of LandShield products for the project, including:
- bedding stone to provide a “marine mattress” layer,
- armor stone to serve as the outermost layer of protection,
- and core stone in a range of sizes to form the central core of the structure.
All of our products for this project were sourced from our South Richmond Plant.
The rehabilitation of the man made inlet has significantly aided in the protection of the beach, increased the navigability of the waterway and reduced the need for costly dredging operations.